Thoughts on Writing

Why I Like to Write

Old building

People have asked me why I like to write. Well, the easy answer is writing gives me a lot of pleasure. However, for me, there is more to it than just that.

I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s with a father who was an engineer and a mom who loved to study and teach history. Between the two of them, I learned that because we cannot change the past that we must at least learn from it. As an early teen, I had the opportunity to visit many locations both around the world and here in the United States. If the technology had been around back then, I know I would have been online constantly writing about my travels.

As a young adult, I studied architecture. Upon graduation, I chose to focus on restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. My specialty was working with buildings that predated the 20th century. What I quickly discovered was a love of writing about this work, specifically for the people who would enjoy the use of the buildings.

Unfortunately, I also enjoyed drinking a little too much. As I grew older and spent more and more time drinking rather than working, my writing fell by the wayside. The good news was that my own mistakes would eventually lead me to the realization that I was wasting my life and that changes needed to be made.

About five years ago, I rediscovered my love of writing. During one of the darkest chapters in my life, I found myself creating a tale about two people, who through a form of serendipity not only rediscovered themselves but also realized that there was no limit to the fulfillment of their dreams. Thus was born the Retribution series.

Through my characters, Marc and Linda, I am able to live vicariously through their eyes. What is truly fantastic to me is that I can write stories about their adventures and at the same time weave historical trivia throughout the tales in a way that does not bore the reader. Marc loves trivia, while Linda loves to learn. Linda has an innate ability to empathize with people and slowly is learning that this skill becomes stronger as she grows to understand where people come from and why they do things.

The Retribution series is the story of Linda and Marc’s adventures. But, it is also a story about learning from our past mistakes. In fact, when you finish the series, you will quickly understand just how important “history” becomes to their story and about how important it is to learn to trust the ones you love.

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