Welcome to my site! After spending the past 35 years running my own truancy program for state wards and being a mediator for at-risk youth, I now write books for kids. My writing career started when I was a youth specialist at a detention center. There, kids would read my stories and give me feedback to let me know I was on track. Now, hopefully with my books, I can pass on a message that will impact the lives of troubled kids.
It is an honor to know that my first book, Scratchin’ on the Eight Ball, is the most Lost, Missing, and Stolen book in the Lincoln Public Schools! 8-Ball is the story of a 13-year-old delinquent named Reason Nelson. When a bust goes down at a local party, Reason ends up snatching up the jacket of a major drug dealer. Later, he discovers a key in the pocket of this jacket. He soon learns that the key belongs to a safe-deposit box which contains evidence regarding the murder of a local narc.
This story is based on the 1974 murder of an informant, Patty Webb, whose murder remains unsolved. While I tread lightly around the periphery of the investigation, the heart of the story is actually Reason’s struggle with drug abuse, and his steps to recovery.
In The Kid, the Cop and the Con, Reason’s story continues as I explore the bad-seed syndrome. In this book, I ask the question, “Is the son of a convicted murderer destined to be a juvenile delinquent?” In the third book in the series, The Woods, I introduce readers to the real-life legend of Bloody Mary.
In Stag-Heart, when a drug deal goes wrong near a reservation in North Dakota, the only witness to the shooting of an FBI agent is Dawn Red Feather, a young Lakota girl. Dawn ends up passing evidence on to Ryan MacNeil, the son of a small-town Sheriff. The only thing is, the evidence will clear a Lakota man who served ten years for the drunk driving accident which killed Ryan’s mother.
So, come along! Let me take you to the mean streets of Havelock or the backwoods of Stag-Heart. Don’t be surprised, though. Long after you’re done reading one of my books, a still, small voice will stay with you, and perhaps you’ll make better choices when it comes to your own drug or alcohol intake.
Use the links above to read selected chapters from some of my books. I hope you enjoy them. Please contact me with any questions, inquiries, or promotional ideas.
Good reading to you,