A Little About Me:
I live in Koriyama City, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. I own and operate an English conversation school where I teach basic to advanced conversational English, travel English and business English. I also taught English in Soka City, Saitama prefecture, Japan. I have also worked other jobs and dabbled in various other careers in the U.S. like the fast-food industry, retail sales, marketing and promotions, radio announcing, acting in Hollywood (briefly) and I was even a census-taker in college. I really enjoy teaching English in Japan, but if I could make a decent living from writing, then that would be an unbelievable dream come true.
I was born in Hammond, Louisiana in the United States, but have also lived and worked in California, Florida, Nevada, Ohio and Texas.
A Little About My Writing Style:
I have enjoyed creative writing ever since I wrote my first story titled “Revenge of the Killer Spaceship” in fourth grade. I had an amazing teacher who created a project where everyone in class wrote their own story. After each student wrote and illustrated their own story, the teacher had each story bound in a hard cover book. It was the first book I ever published and it was an incredible experience!
As I got older and transitioned from elementary school to junior high school and high school, I became influenced by Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe (How many authors have said that before?) and I credit them for my literary inspiration. The fact that I share my birthday with Stephen King doesn’t hurt, either. I had another wonderfully open-minded freshman English teacher in high school who allowed me to venture away from the recommended class book report list and delve into the worlds of Stephen King (within reason, of course). Even though I had been a King fan since junior high school, it was an incredible opportunity to explore and it merely served to help reignite my inner author who had been mostly dormant since elementary school. The same teacher also encouraged creative writing and those projects were a lot of fun, too.
On the other hand, I cannot cite the print media as my sole inspiration. Inspiration can come from almost anywhere. I’m a huge film buff (particularly the films of the 80s) and most of my music collection is likewise influenced by the “gnarliest” decade. It would be remiss of me to say that I am not, or have never been, influenced by film, television and music. How can one not be these days? As far as film influences in my work, I credit the suspense and horror films of Alfred Hitchcock.
Of course, as with most things in life, various winding paths and personal choices have made writing opportunities difficult (and sometimes non-existent) throughout the decades. But now, through the proliferation of self-publishing, I’m able to exercise my creative side once again and somewhat more easily.
I love warm, hot and humid weather. Where I live in Japan is beautiful, but much too cold and dry for me. When not teaching English and writing I enjoy watching movies, listening to 80s music, sports (particularly the NFL and NBA), healthy food and exercise and when possible and funds allow….traveling (especially cruising by ship).
The singular purpose of this blog is to market and promote my writing, so I encourage you to check out my e-book titled “A Day of Horror: The March 11, 2011 Japan Earthquake – A Foreigner’s Perspective” which is a personal account of my experiences starting with that fateful day, and my new fiction e-short story “The DiVacci Curse: An Old-Fashioned Ghost Short Story.” Just click on the convenient links in this paragraph to purchase the books or access the links on the “My Books” page of this blog. You can purchase them from Amazon in most countries where Amazon is available.
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