“Love Poems for Cannibals” is my first volume of poetry. I am also the author of a drama, “The Private and Public Life of King Able,” which will be published later in 2013. My poetry has been published in 23 literary journals.
I was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado and educated at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Oklahoma. I spent three years as a Navy clinical psychologist with a year in Vietnam (July 1967 – July 1968). Since that time I have worked as a school psychologist and licensed mental health counselor in the USA and overseas, until my retirement in 2006. I am a credentialed school psychologist in the states of California and Washington, and a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington. I live with my wife Kemme in Sahuarita, AZ. We have two grown children, Anne-Elise and Michael.
What inspires you to write?
The breathtaking beauty, absurdity, comedy and tragedy of life inspire me to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to be a “seat of the pants” writer, who looks at the results and rewrites.
Much of my poetry originates from acute observations, and thought fragments that combine to produce something with emotional impact. My poetry evolved from notebooks kept on daily observations, and a collection of sentences that struck me with their beauty, clarity and surprise.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I mainly listen to characters in my poems, or listen to the voices of the other characters talking to or about the main character in my poems.
I both see and hear what I want to write.
What advice would you give other writers?
Believe in yourself, and write. Critique of your writing comes later — after you have freely set down what is on your mind and in your heart.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Several of my friends in Tucson decided to self-publish with CreateSpace. I followed their lead in 2012.
My advice to authors is not to wait if they believe they have something of value to share. Seek a publisher, of self-publish, but get your work out there.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
More and more books will be self-published. If reading has a future, than book publishing has a future. And reading does have a future. 🙂
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print