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And so it begins

On June 9, 1976, I started Air Force basic training. On June 9, 1980, I started classes at Southern Illinois University. On June 9, 1989, I arrived in Japan to teach English. Today I published The Panama Affair. Coincidence? I don’t think so. After almost two years of writing and revising and then writing and […]

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The Panama Affair — Coming Soon!

It’s such a thrill to say those two words, coming soon, when I am ready to publish another novel. I am very excited about my latest, The Panama Affair. Of all my books, this one was by far the hardest to write. A lot had to do with all the twists and turns in the plot as […]

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City on Fire

Nearing the end of my novel about Panama and the exciting conclusion which takes place during Operation Just Cause. Will Kevin Rooney save the friend who betrayed him by the stealing Inez, the girl of his dreams, away from him ten years earlier? Will Buck Smith, the CIA agent, allow his Panamanian friend, who he […]

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The Panama Novel eclipses 60,000 words and counting

Today I reached another milestone: 60,000 words completed for the Panama novel. Realistically speaking, this novel will most likely end up being around 65,000-70,000 words depending on the final chapters. This photograph was taken right around the same time I was stationed at Howard Air Force Base. On the left is the hangar that I […]

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Panama Daze

You might say that I have been in a daze since I started working on my new novel which takes place in Panama during the 1970s-1980s.  For the past two months I have been working on this new novel as much as I can when I am not teaching or spending time with my children. […]

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Writing from Memory

I’m surprised at how much I still remember about serving at Howard Air Force in the Panama Canal Zone; I’m surprised at how much is still crystal clear. For my latest novel, which is a thriller set in Panama in the 1970s and 1980s, I am drawing on a lot of memories of the time […]

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Panama Red — Panama, 1978

Trying out my best tough guy pose near Galliard Cut along the Panama Canal in June or July of 1978. I was stationed at Howard Air Force Base in the Panama Canal Zone from 1976-1978. Not so sure about keeping my hair length with 35-10 regulations, though. I’ve always looked back fondly on those two […]

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One of these days…

I’m going to have to get around to writing a book about the time I spent at Howard Air Force Base and Panama. I have a few essays here, “Crossing the Isthmus of Panama with Howard and Other Stories” but I haven’t been able to take these stories to the next level. I haven’t been […]

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Crossing the Isthmus of Panama with Howard and Other Stories, Part 5 — Coming soon

It’s about time for another installment of my life in Panama 76-78. When the holidays roll around, I often think back to when I was stationed at Howard Air Force Base in the Panama Canal Zone. It was my first time away from home during the holidays and for all the years that I have […]

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Picture of the Day: The Ancon Inn — El Paraiso de los Hombres Solteros

The ink has faded with age, but not the memories I have of this club–the first club many service members checked out the first time they went to Panama City. I remember that there was a bus stop right in front of the door. You could hop, stagger, or stumble off the bus, right into […]

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