Since writing a 500 page book in 7th grade, while avoiding both bullies and teachers, I have wanted to be a writer. Yet, while I was always voracious reader, I just never could find the time to devote to creative writing (I’ve always written professionally) … the need to pay bills kept getting in the way.
Then I experienced a life-changing (and darn near life-ending) event. I was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, and basically given about six months to live. As I was going through all the emotional drama, and unable to work, I started to write about my feelings – at the same time I was experiencing them. This stream-of-conscious proved to be very therapeutic (and later became my book, Mortal Musings). It also caused me to re-order my life priorities. One of those is to return to what I really love -- writing.
While I have not published any books yet, I have three completed works ready to go. Prime Directive: Earth, the science fiction I am submitting here; From Dusty Plains to Wartime Planes, an autobiography of my father’s experiences growing up in rural Dust Bowl Kansas then becoming a fighter pilot in WWII; and Mortal Musings, a book about my experiences and thoughts while fighting terminal cancer.
For the past 25 years I have made my living as a golf course consultant, frequently writing extensive and detailed reports, which can reach over 500 pages, single-spaced. I have developed an outstanding reputation in the field, not just for my work, but for my writing and communication skills.
Before my consulting career, I was an entrepreneur, owning several businesses. And prior to venturing into the business world, I was at the University of Kansas, working on my PhD in Psychology where I had several professional articles published. Relevant to my writing is the fact that while at KU, I was the first to teach an accredited course in Parapsychology and was fortunate to take a SF course taught by James Gunn.
Prime Directive: Earth
What if Star Trek’s famous Prime Directive is reversed, where Earth is in danger and an alien race is being forbidden to help?
The Zanchee, who have been studying Earth, learn a terrorist is going to set off a nuclear bomb near LA, with catastrophic results. Yet their laws prohibit intervening. Axel, the teenage son of the Zanchee leader, is unwilling to accept the inevitability of this disaster. With his mentiot companion, Chermal, Axel hatches a plan to skirt Zanchee law and save humanity. He just needs to mimic his future self, steal the fleet's time-warp ship, recruit a human teenager with psychic potential, and stop a terrorist plot without knowing who is involved, or exactly where it will happen, and do it all in three days without being caught by human authorities or Zanchee.
The book can be found on Wattpad for free at https://www.wattpad.com/story/184646784-prime-directive-earth I am looking for feedback as to whether it is ready to be published
From Dusty Plains to Wartime Planes2019
Awards and Recognition
- Rumor that Prime Directive: Earth was picked on the top 10 list by New York Mimes, but they aren't talking about it