First, my day job is Professor of Philosophy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In academia, I have numerous publications: an edited book, Beyond Brain Death (Kluwer, 2000), as well as numerous articles, book chapters, book reviews, and scholarly presentations. Here I am focused on creative writing. I took every creative writing course at Methodist University (for free — that’s one perk of being a faculty member!), and am a 2007 graduate of The Writer’s Loft (now MTSU Write) at Middle Tennessee State University. That same year I graduated from the Odyssey Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror writing workshop at St. Anselm’s College, Manchester, New Hampshire. Originally I hail from rural middle Tennessee, between Smyrna and Murfreesboro, and that rural Tennessee world informs all of my fiction.
I write both mainstream Southern fiction, but my current focus is on horror writing. I have three novels published through WordCrafts Press in Tullahoma, Tennessee: End of Summer (2011), a southern fiction novel, and Unpardonable Sin (2014) and Obedience (2016), horror novels. WordCrafts also published an anthology of horror poetry, Hiding from the Reaper and Other Horror Poems (2013). In addition, my mainstream poetry chapbook, From Field to Thicket, won the 2006 Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Book Award of the North Carolina Writer’s Network. It was published by the Network, and later I self-published it through Amazon. A non-fiction book, Aerobics for the Mind: Practical Exercises in Philosophy that Everyone Can Do, was published in 2014, also by WordCrafts Press.
I am slightly Autistic (with what was formerly labeled “Asperger’s Syndrome”) and thus have numerous quirks. In my first two novels, the main character is also autistic. These books can give some insight about the “special interests” that obsess autistic children and adults as well as provide entertaining fiction.
I have been married to my beloved wife, Karen, since 1987. We do not have children, but we have lots of cats. The indoor cats are Frodo, Pippin, Rosie, Bilbo, and Smudge. The outdoor cats are Spooky, Ravenclaw, Shadow, and . I enjoy playing chess (my U.S. Chess Federation rating hovers around 1500), reading, vegetable gardening, and canning. I am religious, a member of St. George’s Anglican Catholic Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where I serve as a lay reader.