I was raised in Kane, Wyoming. I graduated from Brigham Young University and received a law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. I began practicing in Ventura, California in 1976 and pursued a career in law for the next thirty-four years. I am an associate member of Western Writers of America.
Where I live:
In 2008 my wife, Joy, and I retired to Wyoming and began writing western novels. We have since relocated to Utah to be close to our family there.
Who I am:
My old man identified himself once by saying, “I am a cowkid from the juniper breaks in Northern Wyoming.” Another time when pushed, he said he was a “river rat,” most likely identifying with the fact that he lived at the confluence of the Shoshone and Big Horn rivers. The fact is, he was whatever his mother and uncles were. To some degree, I am whatever he was. I, too, grew up along the river. They were, indeed, “river rats.” I suppose that I am one also.
Why I write:
When I was growing up I lived near Kane, Wyoming on the homestead of Martha Pearl Howe and Frank Good. It was a mile from the post office, the section house for the Burlington Northern, and a small one room community center which housed an extension of the Big Horn County library on its east wall.
I read every book on that wall and a number that weren’t. It was there I was introduced to such names as Louis L’Amour, Max Brand, Jack Shafer, Zane Grey, and Luke Short.
Upon retirement, I decided to write Western Novels, the kind that I remember reading in the bunkhouse on a Saturday afternoon with the wind howling around the eaves.
I loved them then and still do. Hopefully you will, too.