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I grew up in the Lakewood area and graduated from Green Mountain High School in 1986. I went on to attend college at Red Rocks and Metro into the early 90s. I have worked for King Soopers for the past 33 years, maintaining the same home store in Lakewood the entire time. Holding multiple positions during that time, every promotion I received kept me in the same store.
I am a wedding officiant, play in-line hockey in an adult league, can recite the alphabet backwards in under five seconds, (a feat that probably only I am proud of), and I’m an award-winning children’s book author.
Becoming a writer
At the turn of the century, I was a single father with two young daughters. The dynamics of that relationship, along with a friend who had two kids of her own, and shared the same desire to write, sparked my creativity and the magic of storytelling. But it was only a hobby at first. From poetry to songs to screenplays, my writings took several detours before becoming settled on children’s books. And in 2014, after nearly 14 years, my first book was finally published.
My new book
On Feb. 1, my second book, “When Grandpa Gets Going”, will be released. It is a non-stop, rhyming experience of having to keep up with your energy-filled grandpa while he is in town on a visit. Capturing the memories of a special family relationship with nostalgic fondness, older readers will also enjoy this book.
Having the internet to reach many more publishers than before, I was fortunate enough, in early 2017, to be picked up by Black Rose Writing. Given the freedom to choose an illustrator, I hired a friend, and former Green Mountain alum, Douglas Shuler, an internationally published artist, to do this project with me. Along with two other GMHS graduates, who both served as reviewers for my book, I am excited to share this story with the world.
The importance of telling stories to children
A memorable story can have a lasting impression on both a child and their parents. Books build bonds, but in this day and age, many are not fortunate enough to be able to hold them in their hands. Turning a page and taking a journey, is one of life’s remarkable experiences.
This story is great for all ages. And I believe that the ability to tell a story in rhyme makes it even more memorable. Rhyming is my niche. And there will be others. There will be oh-so-many others.
“I could not have guessed, there was no way of knowing, just what all might happen, `When Grandpa Gets Going.’”
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