My first published article appeared in the July, 1965 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine for model train hobbyists. I was 17 years old.
I totally confused my New Jersey and went to college at the University of Arizona – had never been further west than Philadelphia. Got a degree in History & Governemnt and strated law school. Interrupted by the Nixon lotto when I drafted into the Army in 1970. After two amazing years (in Vol. 2 of my autobiography), I went back to law school. Finished 1 1/2 years of law school (guess I’m a half-assed lawyer) and worked for the City of Tucson in the City Clerk’s office. Then weirdly got hired as a Park Ranger out of the blue (also somewhere in the autobiography of 3 volumes.
Then the Park Rangers were disbanded (Jim Ronstadt, Linda’s brother needed $250,000 to repair his new wiped out golf course) so I headed to Las Vegas to make my living betting on baseball games (I had a system!) Of that didn’t work (see why my autobiography is aptly titled “My Only Crime Was Being Born”?
So I went back to college at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and got a second degree in Accounting.
Since then I have been an auditor with the US Army and now the Air Force written audit reports for over 30 years. I first wrote my book in the 1987 in Seoul, Korea. I have extensively revised and improved my investing book since then. Also I have written my own newsletter showing the best stocks for my book for over 15 years.
I have also written a weekly column for the Talking Points newsletter for over one year entitled Contrarian Corner.
What inspires you to write?
Just about anything. I have always liked to write. My father was a magazine writer and in his later years wrote many letters to the editor. Since I have always loved to read, I thought the least I could do is give others something to read they would laugh or cry at, give them a pleasant diversion from their everyday life and transport them into other worlds I created.
Tell us about your writing process.
I use Dragon Naturally Speaking to dictate my books. I feel my thoughts flow better by dictating – not typing – besides I type enough at work (I actually write reports and audits at my job. I listen to music and then the thoughts just seem to flow. I am much more a “seat of my pants” writer – I just have a few notes and wing it when writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters and grow with them. of course I know my own character well which helped writing my 3 volume autobiography. I wrote one adult fantasy fiction book where I greatly listened to all the characters who grew and changed greatly by the end of the book.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write for yourself. If you like the book when you are finished you have done your job. Keep writing and don’t get discouraged if your book doesn’t sell like hot cakes right away. it’s tough to become a successful writer – keep marketing and don’t get discouraged…for too long – bounce back and keep writing and keep marketing
How did you decide how to publish your books?
First I tried the traditional way of writing to publishers and agents and got nowhere (I don’t think the Bible could line up an agent these days!) So I searched and found a wonderful outfit – http://www.smashwords.com that will publish your eBook in all formats, has excellent marketing tools & markets your book to all major eBook sites in all eBook formats.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Future is definitely eBooks but people will still want printed books
What do you use?
Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Memoirs, fiction, investing, famous quotes
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
Your Social Media Links