ANGELS WITHOUT HALOS is a suspense novel set in South Carolina. Love is blind, but is justice colorblind?
Having lived in eight cities in five states in Midwest America by the time I was eighteen, some people may have thought Dad was a fugitive on the run from the law. But Dad was a preacher. I figured he was just looking for God in the Bible belt. Nevertheless, the moving got into my blood and I joined the Navy to begin some serious travel. And a place where heavy drinking and chasing women were seen as normal behavior—but that was the '80's.
After four years of fun frolicking in Hawaii and around the Western Pacific, I met Wendy; a British-born, Australian-raised, green card holder who was living in California at the time. She came to Hawaii for a holiday, and over time, and several Mai Tai's, we got engaged. In the end, she won and I gave up cheap women for a high-maintenance one.
I made Wendy a Navy wife and we jetted off to Scotland so I could fix submarines. After five years there, I came to the conclusion that the Navy isn't the best place to be if you're married and actually like your wife. Time apart became a way of life. I couldn't deprive the woman of my attention any longer, so I left the Navy and we moved to Seattle, but I couldn't sleep and we missed the "European Way of Life." So we saddled up and moved back to the UK in 1992.
We ran a tearoom in East Sussex for six years before selling up and I went into property renovations. I enjoyed that until the economy went *poof* in 2009. While waiting for the phone to ring with multiple job offers, I decided to put my storytelling ability into print. I had written several articles before going for the big one—a full-length book.
After completing my Naval memoirs, I had second thoughts. Since I wasn't a Navy SEAL or ever captured a terrorist kingpin, perhaps there wouldn't be much of a market for a nobody who simply served during the Cold War of the 1980's. But I had done it. Although I never published it, I had written a book.
So I joined a writer's group and did it all again, this time in fiction.
After writing three novels, a real life drama in 2014 persuaded Wendy and I to return to America, this time moving to Minnesota to be near my parents. I found the cultural change so vast it possessed me to write two books about it—this time non-fiction. I continued writing and completed two more novels while in America. In 2018 we returned to the UK, but not before we made an epic RV journey from Minnesota to Florida—which gave me material for my third memoir.
Novels or memoirs, my writing is light-hearted and fun. Whichever book(s) you decide to read, if I make you laugh, I've set out what I intended to do.