How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
I have always been interested in history, even though I was a Biology Major in school. I knew that I was living through a unique time period when the Vietnam War raged. I kept a journal of thoughts and observations when in Vietnam that never left me and which are now included in the upcoming book, “The Grotto.” Upon retiring, I finally had the time to reflect and write. First, without notes, I began writing what became, “Murder on the Floodways”. Next comes the experience of a lifetime, Vietnam. I began the writing in 1974 and with some luck, the book will be completed in the spring.
Describe your writing process.
I only work on nonfiction, which requires a great deal of research. When I have the book’s chronological order laid out, I do a draft, a “brain dump” that I let sit and age as I go forward into the next project. Then, upon returning to the original project, I work in relentless marathon sessions, researching and when possible, interviewing witnesses. I verify all events associated with the subject area, not unlike a criminal investigation. I do draft after draft until I am satisfied all the information is accurate. then comes the editors.
What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?
The incredible experience of Vietnam: a life changing event.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the Vietnam book now. The next project has been laid out, which is my experience in the Philippines, during 1991, while conducting helicopter rescue operations during the volcanic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.