I as born and grew up in Texas. I have lived and traveled across North America and Europe (including having lived and written in France five years). My work has been published by Texas A&M University Press, University of Texas Press, BlackPast, Exotica Moderne and the Houston Chronicle. I currently split my time between the Washington, DC area and Louisiana. My latest novel is now available, “The Sommieres Sun.”

My inspirations are so many but include the work of–

  • Jesus (But not the lily-white, blue-eyed” version who has been at times used to support hate. I prefer a radical Middle Eastern dude who taught us to really love one another and make “good” trouble.),
  • Frank Lloyd Wright (architect),
  • Edward Hopper (20th Century American painter),
  • Albert Camus (French author, master at describing the human condition),
  • Juan Gris (Spanish cubist),
  • Dorothy Parker (A brave American poet, writer and critic)
  • Josh Agle (American artist better known as “Shag.”)
  • Maxine Johnston (Courageous Texas conservationist extraordinaire)
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (French author, war and aviation),
  • Sigurd F. Olson (nature writer),
  • the “Lost Generation” writers (Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dos Passos)
  • all things Tiki,
  • some goofy college professors who somehow convinced me that things don’t have to be “this screwed up,”
  • John D. MacDonald (about the best damn mystery writer ever!) and
  • my family.

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