My dream to be a writer started around age eight. I was an only child at the time, and with no siblings, books became my friend and beloved companions. If everyone around me was busy, picking up a book would render a connection to interesting people and wondrous places. I remember at a young age reading Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary, but a few years later I quickly moved on to Stephen King and Peter Straub.
The genre of my first novel I would describe as "Boston Grit." I grew up in a very politically active and connected Irish-Catholic family. Many of the characters in my novel are reflective of people that I know or knew, and the scenes are quite anecdotal. To explore these people and ghosts after a divorce and well within mid-life is an adventure.
These are not books that I could have written 15 years ago, for the memories and vapor trails would not be so poignant. As I steamed through adulthood, I found myself steeped in the American dream: I had a beautiful wife who had a very successful career, two angelic daughters whom I loved to take boating and float sea shells with. I am a US Coast Guard licensed sea captain, on top of having a successful twenty-five-year career in the investment management industry.
To most looking in, I had won the game, but what was missing was my lifelong ambition to be an author. I can tell my story with conviction as the scenes are my life.
This is my dream...