One day when I was in the fourth grade, our teacher, Evelyn Miller, brought us back from lunch and spent half an hour reading to us. The story that day was about a boy who was given the chore of painting the fence around his aunt's home and how he convinced his friends to pay him to let them paint it. That story, of course, was from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain. I remember the day, the moment she read that to us - because that was the moment I began to dream of being a writer.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Thursday, August 05, 2021
Double Take is book #2 in the Mike Connolly mystery series. Part mystery. Part legal thriller. Part police procedure. It continues the story of Mike as he struggles to remain sober while defending a client accused of murder. The story is set along the Gulf Coast, primarily in and around Mobile.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Other People, Other Places is my next collection of short fiction. It will be released in October. Reviewers love it and I think you will, too.
Manhattan Book Review called it, ". . . an outstanding book of short stories and novellas."
San Francisco Book Review said, "All lovers of fiction can find a read they would enjoy in this selection."
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
This past year has been a challenge to all of us and with so many facing dire circumstances, the moment seemed to ask something of me other than my usual writing fare. So, instead of writing fiction I used the time to explore a topic that has long intrigued me -- the nature of prime numbers. Those odd numbers that have no factors other than 1 and themselves. No one seems to know quite how they are formed, or why, and no one has found a way of determining the identity of the next prime number without resorting to a trial-and-error method. For a system such as math, that relies on logic, not knowing these things struck me as out of character. So, I decided to have a look at the matter for myself.
My first attempts involved a direct inquiry into the nature of primes. That effort quickly proved frustrating. Primes appear with an aggravatingly complex irregularity. After wrestling with that a while I decided to try an indirect approach - determine the nature of numbers that are not prime in the hopes of exposing something about the number system that might give insight into the nature of primes. I did this by exploring on my own - discovering patterns and relationships between the non-prime composite numbers - finding those patterns first, before turning to academic sources for an explanation. The effort turned out to be not only productive, but adventurous. Transforming math from a subject endured in a lifeless classroom to a marvelous journey through an elegant and intriguing kingdom.
My latest book - Observations Regarding Non-Prime Odd Numbers - contains the result of my study so far and is available now. You can buy a copy through all the usual places: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Books A Million - and through independent bookstores everywhere.