Born in Stockton, CA, I was raised in the nearby community of French Camp. My love for stories began at a slow start around the age of 11 when my father read to me just the first page of Tarzan. I was hooked, but it wasn't until the age of 14 when I read a book in its entirety (Tucker's Countryside) that my love for stories blossomed into a dream to be a writer. I wrote sporadically for the next 34 years while working as a firefighter, a detention officer at a juvenile hall, and a case manager at a mental health facility. The fulfillment of that dream, however, began about four years ago by a few simple but powerful words from my wife: "Either write or stop talking about it."