The energy of land inspires my writing. The land is an integral part of my soul, and the foundation of virtually all of my passions. My writings will certainly offer thoughts as to its betterment, use and preservation beginning with my pending book, “For Love and Money”.
My primary genre, though, will be romance. Why? Romance is of passion and personal interaction; constants which wind throughout all our lives. The weave of western relationships is always the land. The intertwined twists of ranch and romance are fascinating threads which define the men and women of the west. The foundation of my stories is such reality. There is intrigue, adversity, vicious duplicity and triumph that few know of, but which are always at play beneath the idyllic mosaics of inviting canyons and sun drenched plains.
I first wrote creatively when I was nine, at thirty thousand feet. The family was winging its way to the National Park on St Johns, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a week of camping, exploring, and snorkeling to celebrate my sister’s fourth birthday. A mongoose ate my sister’s cake, but that is yet another tale. The trip was smack dab in the middle of the school year. My fourth grade teacher had strictly admonished me to keep a daily journal of impressions to share with the class upon my return.
That morning, overwhelmed with the excitement of my first ride on silver wings, I made my first entry. I gazed in awe out the plane window, and wrote madly with one of those old style bic pens, the ones with the very thick dark blue ink lines. Cotton ball clouds cast flitting shadows on the emerald corduroy of sea far below.
Later, I read my thoughts to the class. I could feel the words transport my audience. Their rapt attention startled me. It was my epiphany. The penning of descriptive scenes and feelings was not an assignment, or work. It was a release for me and a sharing with others.
That moment defined the rest of my academic career in many ways. Journalism, literature, creative writing competitions, school newspapers, literary reviews, became the fulcrum of school and college. The call of business, real estate, and the ranch drew me down a path during college. Though it has had its moments, that trail has been a fulfilling one, nourishing other parts of my being.
However, that was then. Now, instinctively and to keep a promise a young wide eyed boy made to himself 46 years ago, it is time to focus on, revel in, and travel another course. I am going to generate emotions, inspire laughter, ignite passions, provoke thoughts, and weave riveting tales.
I hope you enjoy the reading as much as I do the writing.