Greetings. This is my hub. The repository of what I do. You'll find me in other places on the web as well, especially on facebook where I post most of my active interests and events. But this site sums up most of what I do. And what do I do? I write books. I tell stories. And I create music. Below are some additional thoughts about these three interest areas. Oh, and thanks for visiting. Hope you'll stop in again.
Author Writing is the focal point of my life. No matter what else is going on, I'm always working on a writing project. I got the bug to write while teaching elementary school. It was quite simple: I fell in love with the way students lit up when I read a really good book to them. Their response motivated me to write my own stories, which I did, selling my first piece to E.P. Dutton in 1988. Now, two-and-a-half decades later, I've published 25 books. And, as you'll see, my books appeal to a variety of ages, from the inquisitive preschooler to the seasoned baseball enthusiast.
StorytellerShakepeare's declaration that all the world's a stage really rings true to me. I love telling stories--real and made-up--to anyone who'll listen, the store clerk, the postman, even a stranger on the street. So, it shouldn't be surprising to find me sharing my stories at bookstores, libraries, schools, and conferences. And not just the books I've published. Over the years I've developed a unique style of telling stories using other authors' picture books as the backdrop, adding a small prop or two (a glove, a shaker, my harmonica, etc.) to accentuate the sonic and visual aspects of a story.
Musician In many ways music is at the heart of all my creative activities. You'll find musical elements in both my writing and my storytelling. So it should be no surprise that I create music. I play a nylon-string guitar, both acoustic and electric, to create--using a variety of guitar effects--layered atmospheric pieces. Lately, I've been experimenting with "prepared guitar" in much the same way that musicians do with the piano.