The route leading to my becoming a full-time writer could be described as zig-zag. By the age of fourteen, I was already entranced with airplanes, especially how their mechanical bits and pieces worked in unison. By fifteen, I was writing about them. Turning nineteen, I earned FAA mechanic and pilot licenses. Following military service with U.S. Army Aviation, I joined the aircraft manufacturing empire owned by Howard Hughes. A decade at the company saw me serve as overseas technical representative, project engineer and manager on a major aircraft program. Concluding that my passion was centered more with writing than engineering I switched careers mid-stream. It resulted in my appointment as the corporate communications director for a large electronic components manufacturer, public relations manager and publications editor at a state university. These and other experiences prepared me to craft the books and articles I've written.
A current book project ready for publication offers seldom revealed details of how missing nuts and bolts cause airliners to crash. Another recent project is a biography of 20th century aviation trailblazer, Allen E. Paulson, to be published by McFarland & Co. in 2019. I'm the author of a book unraveling the convoluted history of the aircraft division of Hughes Tool Co. An earlier book chronicled the design and development of the OH-6A helicopter that saw legendary service in Vietnam. I also wrote two corporate history books, profiling Learjet, Inc. and Cessna Aircraft Co.
A regular contributor to national magazines, I've also written internal and external communications for corporate clients. They include capability brochures, customer case histories, newsletters, annual reports, corporate histories and feature articles for both in-house and trade publications.
Like I was as a starry-eyed fourteen-year-old, I still glance upward when an airplane flies over. It's the same enthusiasm I carry over to every writing project I undertake.