About the Author

Originally from Syracuse, New York, I moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1972. After graduating from high school, I found jobs in Prescott were scarce to none. Through a friend's connection, I began a Forest Service career as a fire timekeeper for the Catalina Hot Shots. Fascinated by their line of work, I made the decision in 1976 to become a firefighter.

When my Forest Service career abruptly ended in 1982 because of an injury, I decided to pursue a new one. I graduated from the University of Arizona in 1990 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. I returned to the U of A in 1992 for a Masters Degree in planning, graduating in 1994. In 2001 I became a Registered Landscape Architect in Arizona. In 2004 I became a Certified Arborist.

Since 2009 I've been a freelance writer for several websites, producing over a thousand articles about desert gardening, plants and design. I also write about my beloved Santa Rita Mountains, a short distance from my home.

When in college in 1986, I wrote about my first fire. The professor was impressed, and asked to keep it for future classes as an example of a well-crafted story. Later I returned to the idea of writing about my firefighting career in 2009, and again wrote a short story. After sharing with friends and receiving positive feedback, I decided to turn the story into a full memoir. Summers of Fire will be released May 1st, 2018.

I am currently working on a prequel to Summers of Fire.

Visit my blog on gardening and landscaping for the desert, Arizona Gardener, where I have plenty of information on growing vegetables and landscape plants in the desert.

As a watercolor artist, my watercolor gallery displays paintings for sale. Included in the gallery are paintings of Florida Ranger Station in the Santa Rita Mountains, where I spent a very memorable three summers on a 10-person fire suppression crew.

If you have any questions or would like to contact me, leave a comment on any page and I will respond.