About the Author
I was raised in a small, quaint town, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southern Virginia. As far back as I can remember, I was always highly imaginative. I can still recall those warm summer southern evenings welcoming the twilight setting in, with the majestic surrounding mountains casting a tranquil bluish shadow over the valley, weaving an aura of magic as my imagination would conjure up mythical tales of mysterious nocturnal creatures.
There were frequent nights when as the clock struck midnight, signaling the start of the witching hour, I was sure I heard scratching noises at the bedroom window and a haunting moan, urging me forward. I would tuck my head under the blankets, and when I thought I was safe from whoever was beckoning me, I would lift the covers and shift my gaze to the window only to discover a ghoulish appearance staring at me with a full moon adding to the ghostly scene. I soon learned that I had to close my eyes several times to vanquish these conjured up images hoping they would not invade my dreams.
My imagination would eventually follow the seasonal changes. Winter conjured up images of hellish creatures, ghosts and goblins. Halloween was the exception with its own theme of strange noises and visions of apparitions and witches stirring their cauldrons of witches brew. Winter turned into spring and summer when my imagination eased up with more uplifting fantasies of princes and princesses and heroic deeds.
As the years sped by, my imagination still conjured up these fantasies but with more prominence. But maturity in the later years spurred my imagination to realign itself to a more reality based creative mode.
I now reside in Chicago, Illinois where I graduated from college, started my career (before transitioning to an author) as a professional consultant and then my life changed for the better. A definite turning point in my life when I fell in love and married. My wife and me successfully raised a family of two sons and a daughter who turned out to be successful and productive and most importantly, happy and contented, both personally and professionally. It seemed that the most memorable imagined harmonious scenes during my youth in the nostalgic south turned into a reality. Our two sons now live in Georgia and South Carolina. Our daughter currently resides in Florida.
My past wife, a gifted writer, was raised in Kentucky. In fact, she was an entrepreneur with a variety of skills: radio host, reporter, creator of a series of children games and puppets to enhance creative development, and finally a masterful writer. It was this one latter skill of hers which connected me to my aspirations of becoming a writer. I learned a lot from her writing skills and she was my mentor during my journey to become an author. Soon though, I realized writing fictional novels was a perfect release for my imaginative creations.
Before writing, I worked in sales, marketing and information management as a consultant. I always had this passion for writing and eventually fully transitioned to authoring novels of romantic psychological thrillers and mystery.
My current novel, “A Haunting Obsession”, is new and recently published. I am currently writing the sequel to my current novel titled, “Stranger in the Shadows”, to be published fourth quarter of this year, 2019. I am introducing another character and investing a different spin with a different writing style.
A third book will follow which Is schedule for 2020 release.The third book is a departure from a fictional theme and is more of a non fiction depiction that requires research. A collaborative effort with a team of researchers, all focused on the same message, “Decline of Morality”.
A factual portrait of declining morals among society and corporations.
A more in-depth look into a world wide epidemic of declining morality and values as a society.
- Believe in Angels
- Believe in God
- Believe in Ghosts
- Have encountered a Spirit
- Believe in Guardian Angels
- Actually encountered my Guardian Angel
- Have had several near death experiences
- Each near death experience presented me the same dream
- Had recurring dreams where my future wife appeared years before we met
- Am an ardent fan of creative arts
- What I find amazing is works of art which exemplifies creative genius
- I believe there is not enough creative art programs in our educational system
- I believe we are over digitized
- I love jazz, blues and rock
- Use to swing dance and sing Sinatra classics for entertainment
- Favorite classical music – from German & Russian composers
- Favorite rock groups – too many to list here
Notable Characters Created
Age: Tony’s spiritual age is unknown because his soul gave birth at the dawn of the universe. Tony’s physical being will cycle through endless times as determined by fate. Each cycle, Tony emerges as a newborn, a physical birth to re-engage with his soulmate.
Birth Date: The birth of the universe
Haunting Ground: When Tony was young he lived in the Blue Ridge Mountain area in southern Virginia. Eventually, wound up close to Santa Monica area in California. His dreams frequently journey to another place of unknown origin. A place that seems familiar to him, familiar in the sense of a haunting fear, of evil. He searches the area in a seemingly dazed and confused state, desperately searching for the truth to what happened to Cassandra.
Skills and Abilities: The ability to take a unforgettable journey to a dreamlike haunting destination where his soulmate is hidden.
Shape: Depends on which state Tony consumes: the journey that takes him to his dream state or leaves him in his confused reality.
Weakness: Genetic disorder, Paramnesia, that fuses dream fantasy with reality.
I introduced Tony as a youngster, beginning with his teenage years, around the age of fourteen. Every year,Tony and his parents would spend their summer months, a revered sabbatical at their precious vacation home. Situated in a valley surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in southern Virginia. A treasured place where nostalgia was a precious commodity, where southern customs were held in high esteem and served as the bond connecting the town’s inhabitants as a closely knit, supportive community. A much idolized place one would visit to get away from the bustle of the large cities where corporations thrived on greed and power at the expense of dissolving the human spirit to a level that no longer held compassion.
Age: Like Tony, Cassandra spiritual age is unknown because her soul gave birth at the dawn of the universe. Cassandra’s physical being will cycle through endless times as determined by fate. Each cycle, Cassandra emerges as a newborn, a physical birth to re-engage with her soulmate, Tony.
Birthdate: The birth of the universe
Haunting Ground: When Cassandra was young she also lived in the Blue Ridge Mountain area in southern Virginia. Eventually, she wound up close to Santa Monica area in California. Her dreams frequently are projected to journey Tony to another place of unknown origin. A place where she lies in wait, held captive, waiting for Tony ‘s absolution and to rescue her from her torturous imprisonment. She resorts to projecting the image of their unborn daughter to serve as Tony’s guide. It is Cassandra’s last resort to guide Tony towards discovering the truth to their connection.
Skills and Abilities: The ability to arrange an unforgettable journey to a dreamlike haunting destination where she remains hidden. Cassandra eventually uses her ability to project their unborn daughter to appear in the dream and escort Tony to where Cassandra is held prisoner.
Shape: Depends on which state Cassandra consumes: the journey that she creates in Tony’s dreams or leaves him in his reality state.
Weakness: Cassandra could not handle the separation between her and Tony during the months in between the summer retreat. The loneliness was unbearable and she fell victim to her despair and need to be loved. Her weakness led her down a detour towards meeting someone else and eventual marriage that opened hell’s door of torment and spiritual disarray.
Status: A twist best kept secret in the novel
I introduced both Tony and Cassandra as youngsters, beginning with their teenage years, around the age of fourteen. Cassandra is the same age or possibly a year younger than Tony. Every year, Cassandra travels with her parents to the summer home that resides next to Tony’s parents summer domicile.
Apparently fate is intricately involved with this soulful excursion. Further proof of fate’s desire becomes apparent when Tony and Cassandra realize their parents visit their summer retreats during the full three month summer season, their families starting the summer recess on the same day, and both families endearing the memories as the summer interlude recedes to an end, both returning to the big city on the same day. Tony and Cassandra knew this was more than just a coincidence, but a scenario that has parallels most fittingly narrated by fate.
Cassandra was not aware of being on trial, being tested on their absolute faith and commitment to each other. To Cassandra, all that mattered was their connection, their falling in love and proceeding to their fated future filled with such wonders brought forth by their soulmate connection.
Age: Like Tony and Cassandra, Linda physical is unknown because she is not born yet. She exists in Cassandra’s womb.
Birthdate: Linda is not born yet.
Haunting Ground: Linda survives in Cassandra’s womb.
Skills and Abilities: Through Cassandra’s persistence, Linda will materialize in Tony’s dreams to guide him to Cassandra where she is held prisoner.
Shape: Depends on which state Linda consumes: In Cassandra’s wound waiting to be born, or materializing in Tony’s dreams.
Weakness: At this time, Linda reveals no weaknesses.
Linda’s role is later revealed. Linda is the yet to be born daughter of Cassandra and Tony. Her main role is to materialize in Tony’s dreams as a guide to help Tony discover the path in his dreams to Cassandra’s hidden location where she is held as prisoner.
Tony is unaware of Linda’s true identity. But he senses this subliminal protectiveness towards Cassandra and that in itself helps him formulate a trust in her judgement.
There is a pivotal chapter in the book where Linda becomes the determining factor as to which direction Tony and Cassandra will choose as part of their journey. Linda’s prominence as Cassandra unborn daughter becomes a key ingredient to the flow of the rest of the book’s storyline.
Cassandra will fail miserably the test imposed upon her and her devotion and commitment to Tony. Because Cassandra learns of her pregnancy with her soon to be born daughter, Linda, she purposely will chose the detour which fails the test without a chance of reversal. She chooses the detour because she believes Tony is not the father. Her mistake is unforgiving. Her chosen detour becomes a living hell and when Cassandra realizes the truth of who the father is, she then seeks absolution and a second chance to retain her connection with Tony.
Linda becomes instrumental, acting as a guide to reconnect Cassandra and Tony.