Exciting adventures to share!

The adventure stories listed on the masthead are available on www.Smashwords.com and as iBooks and eBooks readable on Kindle. Tell-Tale Signs available soon in softcover.

The following narrative explains how the stories... and the books... came to be.

My fourth grade teacher came up with an idea intended to make learning history more fun. She orchestrated an extended lesson plan with some writing and public speaking included. Our class wrote the words for a short play about the life of Christopher Columbus. Later, we were permitted to perform the play for the community and the local radio station broadcast our venture. I did not really understand the play was to be my initial attempt at writing.

While in the eighth grade I penned my first short story. It was a science fiction piece about some teen-aged boys following a Texas cave into an under-ocean paradise. By this time in my young life I had read many of the Edgar Rice Burroughs books, including “
At The Earth’s Core” and “Pellucidar.” It was also the year I surreptitiously read “Peyton Place,” and “Battle Cry.”

By high school I was reading two or three books a week. My senior year in high school I wrote a sports column for the community daily newspaper. I was paid 5 cents per word for reporting varsity football and basketball. I didn’t really try more creative writing pursuits but my English teacher wrote in my yearbook, “
Someday when you’re a famous author I shall point to you with pride as a former student.” Her words still serve as motivation for my writing.

I completed my first fiction novel in 1975. I grew discouraged after receiving more than 40 rejections from my queries. I chalked the rejections up to poor writing skills, questionable content, in-effective querying or some other fault of my own. I turned to poetry… shorter time frame and quicker turn-around. I published a couple of pieces but soon returned to prose. I co-authored a reference book and self published two non-fiction books in the 80’s, always yearning for an opportunity at fiction.

In 1998 I finished another fiction book and got a stack of rejections for my effort. By 1998 I must have consumed at least 50,000,000 words written by other authors. I could recognize good writing and distinguish it from bad prose. My work wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the worst, either. Being human, I hoped my lack of success was not all my fault.

Intuition told me I wasn’t alone in this situation. I have been able to identify more than 300 writers groups (not including meet-ups and critique groups) in this country. In my local area I could pick from half a dozen groups whose interests spanned fiction, non-fiction, literary, romance and even true crime. The first thing I realized after attending a couple of meetings is I was energized to write! There were herds, gobs and bunches of folks who were just like me!

My writing pace increased and I produced a series of novels in a single year (about 450,000 words). The next eighteen months permitted me to complete two more action adventures and three non-fiction books. Suddenly it dawned on me that I might have completed my first 1,000,000 words.

Instead of a mere stack of rejection slips several inches high, I had thousands of words filed inside my computer. Along the way to my 1,000,000 words my grammar has improved. I use an editing software package to ensure composition. I have been able to master book formatting. I have un-earthed several hard cover printers capable of economical short run printing.

One of my childhood favorite authors was Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs wrote adventure fantasy in the first half of the twentieth century. He was credited with 82 novels (some serialized and many translated for cinema). A mid-century science fiction writer, Isaak Yudovich Ozimov (pen name “Isaac Asimov”) thrilled the public with futuristic stories as well as scientific non-fiction. Asimov published 113 books in his name.

More 1,000,000 word contemporary authors of mainstream books include many of my personal favorites:
  • Steven King with 93 horror books.
  • James Patterson is an eclectic author. He has tried his hand with suspense, romance and political thrillers. Patterson has published 69 novels to date.
  • Kay Hooper writes both romance and suspense novels. She has published 68 books.
  • Clive Cussler completed and published 47 action adventure novels.
  • Stuart Woods has written 45 light suspense thriller novels.
  • John Sanford has produced 30 suspense novels.
  • Michael Connelly (our Florida neighbor) has penned 24 exciting thriller novels.
  • David Baldacci writes political thrillers and has completed 21 books.
  • Lee Child is a successful British writer who has produced 19 action thrillers, set in the United States.
  • P.T Deutermann has authored 14 mainstream crime books.
  • Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have developed a spooky kind of suspense thriller style. They have co-authored 12 books.
  • Carol O’Connell (one of my all-time favorites) was a successful fine artist before turning to writing thrillers. She has completed 11 best-seller novels.
  • Steve Berry could almost be considered a novice writer with only 10 books to his credit. Steve maintains a law firm about 45 minutes from my place of residence.
  • Dan Brown barely reached 1,000,000 words with his 6 novels. However Steve Berry credits Brown with opening the door for Berry’s style of writing.

Why don't you try a couple of the Michael Lee books and make your own judgement whether the entertainment value is worth tuppence (2¢) a page?