I grew up in South Florida where I spent twenty-four years as a Police Officer. I’ve seen things in the big cities I wish I could forget. So, I moved far away to a small town where I can relax and write about the things that bounce around in my head.
My writing roots
I have always been an avid reader. As a kid driving up the Florida Turnpike, my parents stopped at one of the rest plazas and I bought my first book, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein.
I was hooked and I read everything he wrote. I moved on to other authors and other genres; horror, fantasy, mystery, literally anything that took me to another place where I escape reality.
Write what you know many of my friends tell me. “Write a crime novel.”
But that doesn’t interest me then.
For years I wrote police reports, from vandalism to homicides. Just the facts Ma’am.
You can get stuck in a rut writing like that and it was difficult to overcome. I did try and add a little creativity to some of my reports and ended up in the Captain’s office when the Miami Herald printed one of them.
“Brevity is the soul of wit,” the captain said.
Creative writing would have to wait till I retired.