I am a spinner of tales. From the moment I awaken till the time my exhausted, compulsive head hits my pillow and I collapse into comatose oblivion my mind is taking data points and rearranging them. I like to do it, it is fun for me.
I come from a time when vocabulary was revered. Ennui, lugubrious, maw, unctuous, ethereal, these are all word I use in spoken form so of course I use them when writing.
My life is busy. My wife and I lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for over seventeen years but In May, 2015 she started a new job in Florida while I stayed behind and prepared our house for sale. I finally joined her in Tampa the end of August. A dedicated cyclist, I have ridden for transportation since June, 1980 and I am hoping that Florida’s warm climate will allow me to easily top 10,000 kilometers a year.
Parents of two boys, our 24 year-old son lives in Iowa with his wife while our 22 year-old tends to wander in and out of our home. He is currently learning to sail- by sailing a rickety sailboat from Duluth, Minnesota to New Orleans, Louisiana.
In addition to writing and working I do things. I enjoy acting in community theatre productions and I hope to find opportunities to pursue this passion once I am settled in my new home. I have been acting since 2010 and I expect to keep at it for decades to come. I love theatre and theatre people. Other than in writing where else can a man act out his wildest fantasies in front of hundreds and be applauded for his work?
I am the most fortunate of men. I have a wife whom I adore and children that I respect and love. We are a team and even though they no longer live in our home, our boys remain forever in our hearts.
My wife and I love adventure, travel, competition. We compete in triathlons, running races and obstacle courses. Sometimes we fly through the air on trapeze. We don’t like to sit still very much.
We both come from large families. Our siblings, parents, friends, coworkers and people I have met through the years appear as thinly disguised versions of themselves in my fictional tales. I’ll tell you a secret, Patricia has a hundred names in my stories but she is always the wise, powerful goddess in print that she is in real life.
There are demons in my mind that sometimes wander on these pages, so beware. Anagrams are deliciously fun when coming up with names for characters. How many last names can you create from Kenel?
If you have questions or comments please jot me a note, I am sure to reply when I have a moment when I’m not on the run!