I fancy myself as a writer -- albeit, one without fame or glory.
My latest book is a biography coming out October 15 titled Esteban: The African Slave Who Explored America. It will be published by University of New Mexico Press.
When asked why I wrote Esteban's biography, I reply that all my books are about average people who face such daunting obstacles that they seemed destined to fail. They are the underdogs that end up winning.
Other underdogs in my books include the Pueblo Indians in Winter of the Metal People who prevailed against European invaders in 1540–42 despite being greatly outnumbered and facing that time's advanced military weapons. In the modern day, there is the twice-divorced, hard-luck newspaper reporter in A Brother's Cold Case who keeps looking for the murderer of his brother when the police won't. In the near future, there is the sergeant, brave enough but still an enlisted man,, who finds himself the lone survivor of his Army base after an alien invasion's attack in War of the Planet Burners and then goes on to become the hero fighter for Earth.
Even at the personal level in sports, I tend to cheer for the underdog against the favorite.
In this boastful profile, I mustn't neglect my many short stories. Twenty of them are in Guest Bedroom: Collected Stories. Allthough overnight visitors at your home probably won't have time to read a novel, they might find time to relax and read one or more of the short stories in this collection. It's a perfect book for anyone's guest bedroom.
If you have a question about any of my writings, just send me an email through this site's "Contact" tab.
Appearances in addition to bookstore signings:
* Presentation about Winter of the Metal People and the Coronado expedition at Desert Ridge Middle School, Albuquerque
* Presentation about Winter of the Metal People and the Coronado expedition at Santa Fe Indian School
* Instructor, "How to Write a Mystery Novel," Continuing Education, University of New Mexico
* Article on the research, writing and marketing of Winter of the Metal People in issue of Roundup Magazine, Western Writers of America
* Lecture, "The Coronado Expedition to Albuquerque," Lew Wallace Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
* Presentation about Tiguex War for the Stories of New Mexico Program, University of New Mexico
* Nonfiction article, "The Indian Who Defied Coronado," available on this site
* Article, "Xauían and the Tiguex War," Native Peoples Magazine
* Presentation about the Coronado Expedition, Del Webb's Alegria community, Bernalillo
* Article, "The Puebloan View of a Lesser-Known War," New Mexico Mercury
* Presentation about Coronado Expedition to New Mexico and Arizona, Western National Parks Association, Tucson
* Presentation about Coronado and the Tiguex War, Friends of Coronado Historic Site
* Presentation, "Xauían: Forgotten Pueblo Leader," Historical Society of New Mexico
* Presentation about Coronado and the Tiguex War, Continuing Education, University of New Mexico
* Presentation about Coronado and the Tiguex War, Albuquerque Oasis Senior Programs