I took up writing when my parents told me I could not become a pickpocket. I gave up sending work to major publishers when the last agent who read one of my works (now on Amazon) told me it was an original action-adventure that could easily be converted to the screen, but he couldn’t sell it. What? I have been blessed with two jobs I loved and love in my life: driving a cable car in San Francisco (gripman) and teaching junior college students who I still teach and still love and thank my good luck for the opportunity. I consider it an honor to have received advice from the late historian, Howard Zinn, and also from my wife and daughter. If you ever come up the coast from Los Angeles, don’t stop in Santa Barbara where I live because we’ve got too many people here already.