I’m a Fifth Degree Black Belt instructor in the American Taekwondo Association. I started martial arts training in 1991, earned my black belt in 1993, and gained my instructor certification in 1995.
In 1996, I opened up my first taekwondo club in Grinnell, Iowa.
In 2003, I assumed ownership of the club in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
I’ve written stories for many years, but started seriously while working at a radio station in Kewanee, Illinois. After I moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa, I started attending a writers’ group in Des Moines.
So much knowledge about writing and critique came out of that group and the others I’ve enjoyed.
I attended my first conference in 2007, Love Is Murder, In Chicago. Mike Manno introduced me to ‘pitches’ and we discussed writing and history and law while sharing the drive.
I’m a reader, a writer, an editor, an instructor, a graphic designer, a lover of books, movies, wine, women, music, fine food, good humor, sunny summer days spent hiking or fishing; and I’m a catnip drug dealer to my fifteen pound cat, Thomas.