I posted early on in this blog about my books. Since then, I have published more books. Time to update the story.
I have been writing since I was six years old. I now have six books of fiction and seventeen short stories in print.
My first published book, Friendly Casualties, was a novel in short stories derived from experiences in the thirteen years I trundled between the U.S. and Vietnam to provide signals intelligence support to U.S. Army and Marine combat units fighting in South Vietnam. The first half of the book is a series of short stories in which characters from one story reappear in another. The second half is a novella that draws together all the preceding tales.
I first published Friendly Casualties as an ebook on Amazon.com in 2012, but Adelaide Books of New York will be bringing it out in hard copy in June 2022.
No-Accounts, published in 2014, came from my five years of caring for AIDS patients. It tells the story of a straight man caring for a gay man dying of AIDS. I got into caring for men with AIDS to help me cope with the horrors of Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), a malady that resulted from all my years providing intelligence support on the battlefield. When I was with my patients, men suffering more than I was, my unbearable memories went dormant.
Next, in 2015, came The Trion Syndrome. It begins with a Greek legend about a demigod so brutal to the vanquished that the gods sent the Eucharides, three female monsters, to drown him. The protagonist, Dave Bell, is haunted by half-remembered visions of the war in Vietnam. At his lowest point, he recalls that he killed a child. Dave considers suicide, but a young man appears and helps him. It is his illegitimate son, a child he had tried to kill through abortion, who now helps him find his way home.
More next time.