Who am I?

I was born in Santa Monica, CA. As a child of seven, I went to work in the movie industry as a stand-in for Robert Blake in the Thin Man series, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. My one on-screen appearance was in an adaptation of Ring Lardner’s Butch Minds the Baby (1942) with Virginia Bruce and Broderick Crawford (look fast and you’ll see a cute little Italian kid amid a bunch of other cute little Italian kids). 

I'm the kid to the far right (closest).

At the age of 10, I changed careers and went into sales, hawking soft drinks and peanuts on Santa Monica Beach. By high school, I had advanced to washing dishes in a Pacific Palisades malt shop. With all that stellar life-experience behind me, I entered the Roman Catholic priesthood, in which I served for 18 years. 

Another career change triggered my professional writing life. My first three nonfiction books sold immediately to Winston Press, Minneapolis, MN. Convinced that getting published was easy, I undertook writing my first novel, A Love Forbidden. After eight years, the book was finally published in Canada. 

This year, I published my seventh novel, There’s More: A Novella of Life and Afterlife. In between my first novel and this most recent book, I have written free-lance features for the Contra Costa Times and Total Health Magazine. I've also been a writer-for-hire in the mail-order/online education industry (Ashworth College, Norcross, GA), and reviewed books for US Catholic Magazine (print and online). I have written and am now marketing screenplay adaptations of my novels, The Saint of Florenville and There’s More.

I've  served two 2-year terms as president of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club and currently serve on its board of directors. Though past the usual retirement age, I am still employed full-time as a lay minister at Christ the King Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill. 

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