Born in Cody, Wyoming, the middle son of three, Hal was raised with a strong attachment to the Rocky Mountains and a deep love of nature. As a young man he lived in Wyoming, Illinois, Colorado, and Germany.
His early experiences included bull riding, a first parachute jump at age sixteen, wilderness experiences and survival training, and life as a drifter where he travelled the backroads of the U.S. and Mexico often sleeping hidden in the bushes between the lanes of the interstate highways. He worked the grain harvest through North Dakota, as an apprentice saddle maker, farm hand, and carpenter until, influenced by the terrorist event at the ’72 Olympics, he joined the military and served with A/75 Airborne Rangers and, later, with The Old Guard at Arlington Cemetery and The White House, where he ironed President Nixon’s flag.
After the military, he obtained his bachelors and masters degrees, worked as a Certified Public Accountant, corporate controller, trust advisor, options trader, stock broker, Certified Financial Planner, and as vice president and financial advisor, all with Fortune 100 companies. Hal taught finance courses at Central Michigan University and various other institutions over a period of twenty years.
Hal now spends his time in Michigan, Colorado, and at the edge of the turquoise sea waiting for Walter and Sketcho Shiva.
What inspires you to write?
This is my first attempt coming from my oldest longing.
Tell us about your writing process
It simmered in the back of my mind until this past summer when I took three months off, secluded myself at a lake cottage, and it boiled over. The words just flowed. I outlined the character arch and then let the script just pour forth.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They are based on life experiences and people, places, and things I’ve known; so, they come from memory.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I just wanted to get it done and out there so I chose a local publisher whom I could interact with.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There are pros and cons to each approach and, I suppose, it depends upon your skill set. I’m finding, as I should have expected, that getting the word out is a HUGE challenge and I would expect that a publisher would be more skilled at this, and have greater leverage.
What genres do you write?
Contemporary mystical realism adult fiction.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print