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It was late one night in the spring of 1999, when I began to wonder what I would do with my life if I could absolutely anything in the world. When I realised, I began to wonder why I wasn’t doing exactly that… after all, there was nothing in the world to stop me. In that one moment, my whole life changed.
A few weeks later I said a warm farewell to my career as a federal law enforcement officer, sold or gave away everything I couldn’t cram into a U-Haul trailer and, with my dog riding shotgun in my pickup truck, drove the thousand miles from my home in Maine, to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I rented a small beach house, got myself a part-time job framing houses and held high hopes of completing my first novel by finally giving my old stories the time and energy they’d craved for so long.
I’m an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, a fair bluegrass guitar picker, a college football fanatic and a firm believer that my homemade barbeque sauce is something special. My stories tend to wander here and there, but most eventually drift back down the dirt roads of my past, to the hills and hollows of Southwest Virginia where I grew up during the 1960s and ‘70s. In my old hometown, stories told on front porches were as commonplace as brown beans and cornbread sitting on a supper table.
I live in New Hampshire with my wife, our two children and our family dog.