In The Beginning I never knew how it happened but I started out as a cook. When still in grammar school I worked in the school cafeteria, back when older kids were allowed, like we were allowed to drive the school bus when old enough to drive. I did the the same in junior high school and in high school I worked the lunch line. In college I worked cleaning tables in the student union. My first business venture was a restaurant, Los Amigos, best Chile con Queso in town.
I always wrote though. In grammar school I wrote several comic book versions of superman and batman. In school I always enjoyed writing term papers. In college I begged professors to let me write a lengthy paper instead of sitting for a multiple choice final exam. Many professors agreed. My ultimate conquest was convincing an anthropology professor and an art professor to let me write a 20 page paper covering a related topic (bone carvings of the Inuit Eskimos) for both classes in lieu of taking each class final. I think I earned two "A"s for my effort although I would have to check my transcripts since it was so long ago.
While serving in the Peace Corps in the early 70's, I kept a journal, wrote short stories of my experiences, and composed a hundred poems, most of them poor but a few better. While serving in Liberia, West Africa, I wrote a children's tale of a boy of was blind and anotheh boy who had leprosy and their unlikely though necessary friendship. The story was bought by the BBC and broadcast world wide over their network. What a thrill to hear one's words spoken over the air by such a distinguished media.
I've been a runner, taught school in the Peace Corps, father, mentor, entrepreneur, grandfather, husband and a writer. Could there be anything better?
I've written business articles. I wrote several columns for a local magazine that covered business development in my adopted home town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where I was Director of Development for the City for many years. I also teach with the community college system, mentor small business owners and write business plans for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Since retiring from full time work I devote my spare time to writing fiction. Luckily for me Moonshine Cove Publishing has agreed to publish one of my book manuscripts, "The Cottage on the Bay". The story takes place on a fictional stretch of North Carolina Coast near Wilmington and follows the life of a one time plantation matriarch as she navigates the changing times after the Civil War and into the twentieth century. Look for updates here but the publishing date is scheduled for February 2018. How great is that!