Hi! I’ve been writing since the sixth grade when I fell in love with newspapers. In fact my first real job was as a reporter. Since then I’ve followed life’s trail as a teacher, university professor, and all round hack in public education. Writing got me through all of it. Now I’ve turned to writing about travel, archaeology, and the ancient past in a variety of genres.
My newest book is a travel guide called From the Frio to Del Rio: Travel Guide to the Western Hill Country and the Lower Pecos Canyonlands, published by Texas A&M Press. Watch for it in Spring 2017! It will tell you what to see, and do, where to stay, eat, and most importantly, get gas as you travel through Southwest Texas.
My next book is non-fiction about a particular place in Central Texas that first welcomed human beings as much as 14,000 years ago or more. The stories of how the place was occupied so long ago, and how it was discovered and then excavated by archaeologists and others in the more recent past will be an interesting study, at least for me, of one place over time. What changes and what stays the same? Why do the people come and go? What brings them to the place anyhow? I’m shooting for a 2018 publication date, but I have a long way to go first.
My novel Peyote Fire Shaman of the Canyons is about people who lived about 4,000 years ago in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. They left multi-colored paintings of their gods on the canyon walls as well as many cast-away or forgotten things like baskets and stone tools in the rockshelters, for us to wonder about. What was their world like? How did they live? What did they believe? What did they love? Read the book and find out.