Quick facts: I write science fiction novels (40 plus) set on multi-generational colony ships. My favorite sub-genre.
I have written two biographies.
I have written a romantic comedy novel.
I annotated a book from the public domain.
I wrote a children's science fiction adventure novel.
I have developed a board game, Divided America: the Next Civil War which you can play on VASSAL. The rules and scenarios are available on Amazon. This game has been in my mind since the 1970s.
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More details follow:
As to me, I have read science fiction since I was a small child. For over thirty years I have been making notes, writing outlines, and drawing deck plans of various colony ship. These jumbled ideas have finally coalesced into book form in my writing.
I guess I was inspired by many works in sci-fi which cover the idea of colony ships. Damon Knight's "The World and Thorinn" and Robert Heinlein's "Orphans of the Sky" showed me how bizarre and interesting a generational space ship environment could be and how so much could go horribly wrong. Those books, and many others in that same genre, have given me hours of pleasure in reading. There also have been board games and video games which cover similar situations. There are so many variations on the lost colony ship theme it almost seems like a trope. So, now I have added my own contributions to this genre of adventure fiction.
I worked as an RN for 10 years in various critical care units—cardiac, surgical, and medical. I saw lots of people die, and I also listened to some really amazing people share their life stories with me. I have worked part-time as a visitation pastor for my church for over twenty years now. I graduated from a variety of colleges, all of which helped shape and mold me into what I am today. After finishing a doctoral degree, I decided to focus on informal educational endeavors. I still love to learn. I enjoy reading very much. I read all kinds of literature (romance, mystery, historical fiction, science fiction, dystopias, post-apocalyptic, fantasy, theology texts, to how-to books). Did I miss any genres? Oh, here is a pet peeve of mine. Science fiction and fantasy are SEPARATE GENRES! Forgive me for yelling, but I am sick of seeing two unique genres lumped all together under “speculative fiction.” To me, and I could be wrong, but putting fantasy and science fiction in the same box is like putting romance novels in with erotica.
I live in the Northern Plains of the USA, so I experience the cold and bitter winds of the winter, and the blistering hot and dry of the summers. I also live with a chronic associate, a painful form of degenerative arthritis. I have lots of mechanical parts inside my body (nine total joint replacements), and in some ways, I truly am a cyborg.
Maybe too much sharing follows:
My books are out in Kindle, paperback, and in audiobook format. The audio versions were all professionally narrated.
My books are on Kindle Unlimited, and my audiobooks are Audible exclusive. I am not sure if those were the best decisions, as I have encountered some odd situations with ACX (occurring from mid 2021 to the present: January 2022)
If you too have encountered strange things with ACX, I would be happy to hear your stories.
Well, that is my bio. Contact me if you want to talk.