I am a retired Marine colonel now living in Colorado Springs with my wife Kiwi and twin baby girls, Danika Dawn and Darika Marie. I was born in Oakland, CA, but have lived throughout the US and the world, and have traveled to over 100 countries. For those who are wondering if we’ve crossed paths, my homes have been in Orinda, CA; Mexico City; Covina, CA; Chestertown, MD; Winstead, CT; Des Moines, IA; Annapolis, MD; Quantico, VA; Jacksonville, NC; Camp Schwab and Camp Butler, Okinawa; Lake Ridge, VA; Bethesda, MD; Poway, CA; Baghdad, Iraq; Bangkok, Thailand; and North Las Vegas, NV.
I’ve attended Covina Elementary, Chestertown Elementary, Bachelor Elementary, Meredith Junior High, Hoover High, the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1979), U.S. International University, and the University of California, San Diego. I’ve earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and a doctorate.
I am currently a full-time writer with more than 70 titles to my name in six different languages. I am a two-time Nebula Award and one-time Dragon Award finalist as well as a USA Today Bestselling writer. I published my first work back in 1978, a so-so short story titled “Secession.” Since then, I have been published in newspapers, magazines, and in book format in fiction, political science, business, military, sports, race relations, and personal relations fields. I write because I love it. I only hope that others might read my work and get a bit of enjoyment or useful information out of my efforts.
I am a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America where I chair the professional education committee and the Romance Writers of America. I regularly attend SF cons around the world as a panelist and moderator.
I have rather eclectic tastes. I have won awards in photography, cooking, and several sports, earning national championships in rugby and equestrian events. I love reading, writing, exercise, cooking, travel, and photography.
I am a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans. and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.