I tell stories for a living. For years I told my own through books and magazine articles. My story is pretty simple. I married the love of my life when I was only twenty. Thirty-eight years, five daughters and four grandchildren later, we've lived in four states, traveled to six continents, and settled down in a place that is so cold in the winter we wonder what possessed us to live here. Every spring and summer we remember why. Writing is my third career. I didn't really figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up until I turned forty.
In 2003 I started telling other people's stories. Over the years I've told the story of two families dealing with unimaginable grief along with the story of an American missionary's two year ordeal in a North Korean prison. I've told the story of one of the Lost Boys of Sudan's incredible journey from the world's largest refugee camp to leading the United States Olympic team into the 2008 Olympics as well as the story of a crooked cop, an innocent man he locked away in a federal prison and their unlikely journey of forgiveness and friendship. I've worked with celebrities in both new and old media as well as world class athletes, yet most of the stories I tell are ordinary people who have an extraordinary story to tell. For a list of many of the books I've written, scroll through the Books section.
As a writer, I am always in the process of reading at least one book. I love the masters like Steinbeck, Hemingway, Crichton and Twain as well as popular writers from Stephen King to Dave Barry. Great writers make the craft look easy. It's not.
When I'm not writing, I am probably on my bike or in my kayak. Life feels much better on the water with my wife or cruising down a bike trail.
Want to know more? Check out an interview I did with the Illuminate podcast.