Biography

A native Hoosier, I’m a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and lawyer.

After graduating from Hanover College and Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, I clerked for the Indiana Court of Appeals and the U.S. Federal District Court. A sabbatical from private trial practice took me to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and non-degree study at Union Theological Seminary. Two years later, I joined the Washington, D.C. press corps to cover national politics and the Iran-contra trial for Congressional Quarterly magazine.

In 1992, I moved to California to write movie scripts. My feature screenplay Whisper the Wind, about the Navajo codetalkers of World War II, was awarded the Nicholl Fellowship prize by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences for best new screenwriting. With the encouragement of my late friend and mentor, the Hollywood screenwriting legend Harry Essex, I soon tried my hand at writing novels and have never looked back.

I’m a two-time indieBRAG Medallion Honoree, a Chaucer Award First-Place Winner for Historical Fiction set during the Middle Ages, and have three times been named a Foreword Reviews Book-of-the-Year Award Finalist. My debut novel, The Fire and the Light, was recognized as Best New Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards and as an Honorable Mention winner for Foreword’s BOTYA in historical fiction.

My historical novels and mystery-thrillers have taken readers to Occitania during the Albigensian Crusade, to the Scotland of Robert Bruce, to Portugal during the Age of Discovery, to the trenches of France during World War I, and to the American Hoovervilles of the Great Depression. I live in southern California.

Thanks for visiting. If you’ve read one of my books, I’d love to hear from you.