Before I say anything about myself, allow me a moment to thank Zharmae Publishing Company. They are the folks who first saw possibilities in my work and agreed to take it on-two in print so far: The Family, and When Latin Lost its Relevance. Another, Roughnecks and Rednecks, is due out in January 2016, and the fourth, Powder Road, in July of 2016. The latter is a sequel to The Family.
So thank you Travis, Ashlar, Paula, Shannon, RoAnne, Carrie, Sara and all the rest; thank you from the bottom of my heart. It’s a cliche I know, but in this case it’s most appropriate. Seeing my work through to publication after twenty-five years of effort is most gratifying, and I owe it all to you fine folks at Zharmae.
Now a word about who I am: I was born and raised on a farm in the Panhandle of West Texas . My first eight years of schooling were in a one-room school house located in the small German Catholic community of Umbarger, about 30 miles southwest of Amarillo. Though it was a public school, all the students were Catholic; so the fact that three Catholic nuns taught all twelve grades struck no one as odd. But in fact, it was odd. Unique, perhaps. If there is any other instance of an entire public school being taught exclusively by three Catholic nuns wearing full traditional habits, I’d like to know about it.
Had I stayed to graduate, I would have been the only male student doing so. As it was, only three girls got their diplomas. Umbarger High School may have had its advantages, but size was not one of them. If I told you there were seventy-five students in the entire school, I would be exaggerating on the high side.
But I didn’t stay in Umbarger. My parents sent me to the Josephinum, a boarding school in Worthington, Ohio, where I studied for four long years. It was a Catholic seminary operated in the style of a strict, nineteenth-century Prussian military school with a rigorous routine and harsh discipline. You can get a flavor of what that life was like by reading When Latin Lost its Relevance. It’s available on Amazon.
I learned a lot during my time at the Josephinum, part of which was that the priesthood was not for me. I took my leave in the fall of 1959 and went back home to Texas where I enrolled in college, then law school, then in 1966 began a wide ranging trial practice that included criminal law (drug smuggling, murder, substance abuse cases, assault, etc.,) and civil law (personal injury, contract disputes, family problems, etc.). You can get a taste of that life in The Family, but please note: none of my books are anything close to being autobiographical!
In 1995 I took stock of my life and where I was in it, and with my wife Judy’s support, decided to begin easing out of the practice. Another year passed before I hung up my gloves for good, and have since devoted my time to doing those things I love best–writing, reading, walking and biking through Europe and parts of South America and Asia, tasting wines and beer with friends and talking about any interesting topic anyone cares to bring up. I served on the editorial board of the local lawyers’ magazine for five years, two of which were as managing editor. I wrote a bunch of short stories and got a few of them published as well. Life is good, and getting better!
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