Welcome to my web site.
I write fiction, which is to say I take stories I’ve heard or seen or lived, rearrange them and paint them on the page in a way that I hope makes order out of chaos and results in a kind of sense. My father was raised Old Order Amish, and my mother was a share-cropper’s daughter from south Georgia. Sometimes I think maybe it’s that bizarre genetic combination that made me a natural storyteller.
The stories, the characters, the textures of real life that add richness and depth to my writing come from my twenty-five years work in the construction trade. From knowing real people at street level, laughing and crying with them, sitting on a wire reel and sharing a sandwich, working shoulder to shoulder with them year in and year out. You can’t get that from an MFA program.
Here on my site, you’ll find news about what’s going on with me and information about all my novels, including Paradise Valley, the first book in my new Daughters of Caleb Bender series. On my blog you’ll get the stories behind the stories— rants and observations and fond memories. Some of the stories are profound, and some are just silly. The ones I like best are profound and silly.