ABOUT

ABOUT

I’m a writer of fiction, short stories and novels. I write in several genres, including humor, literary, suspense, and science fiction. My work is imaginative, based on my life,  places I’ve been,  and events I’ve witnessed.

I was born and raised in New York City, and later lived and practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area. These days, when I am in the United States, I call Tampa, Florida my home. The rest of the time I’m in Bangkok, Thailand.

I graduated Queens College College as a history major and English minor ; I considered earning a Ph.D  in history and teaching. Instead I traveled throughout Europe and Morocco for six months. When I returned, I realized that I wanted to be a writer, so I applied and was accepted to the Creative Writing Graduate Program at San Francisco State University. I received an MA and had the pleasure of studying with outstanding writers like Kay Boyle and Wright Morris, who became my mentors, advisors and readers for my thesis, a collection of short stories.

Instead of pursuing my passion, I went off to Brooklyn Law School. I  spent more than three decades in practice, almost exclusively criminal  and deportation defense. When I retired, I started writing again. Law had its moments and as time passes,I have started to incorporate this part of my life into my work. I don’t want to be pigeonholed as writing only about lawyers and, so I write about many subjects. I believe I have found  my voice and it comes through no matter what the genre or subject .

I came to Bangkok because I wanted to separate from my life as a lawyer and devote myself to writing. I love Asia and Thailand in particular. For the next few years I plan to split my time between Bangkok and my new home in Tampa, Florida. Expect to see both locales appear in my work, along with San Francisco and New York. As a writer, I appreciate my good fortune in having lived in such fascinating places laden with stories and background.

Living in Bangkok has worked well for my writing . I have been fortunate enough to find Keybangers Bangkok, a local writers’ group whose members take the time to review each others’ work and provide insightful and constructive critiques and advice. The members of Keybangers are of invaluable help to me. So far my Bangkok experience has allowed me to complete a dozen short stories and I am about to publish my first novel.

On this blog I offer samples of my work for free as well as blog posts related to writing or living in Asia as a writer.  I will keep you posted on the progress of my novel and any future ones.  As soon as my first novel is finished, I’ve got another in the works, plus a stream of new short stories..

I greatly appreciate any feedback or comments.

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