Born in Virgina, I lived in California for over 30 years and taught math and economics before retiring and moving to Florida. I have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and one grandson who, at 17 months, loves his books better than his toys.
Writing Interests, Goals & Published Works:
I published short humor years ago in The Berkeley Gazette, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and Thursday's Child II. I also self-published several of my Newrad articles at http://www.geocities.com/selrahcnewrad Some of these are written for a limited audience, and others are rather adolescent.
I've written a couple of short stories and a short play since retiring plus what I'd say is an unpublishable 50,000 word novella written last November for NaNo WriMo.
Now I'm working on a humorous novel which I hope WILL be publishable.
Ways BAF Might Be Helpful To You:
Find me a good NYC agent when I've finished the novel.
For now, help me stay on target. There are SO many distractions that are easier to do than write another chapter.
South Pole Station is an unflinching yet loving look at family in all its forms.
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