I am a retired English teacher, married fifty-five years, the father of six children and grandfather to thirteen grandchildren—twelve of them girls. I have three great grandchildren, two girls and one boy. I am a Korean War veteran, having served aboard the battleship USS New Jersey. After four years in the Navy, I married Mary Colette Shannon, went to college, earned a BA degree and eventually a Masters degree, and taught English in public school systems for thirty-five years, the last thirty-three years at Davenport West High School, Davenport, Iowa. I enjoy writing, reading, collecting music from 1920s-1950s, playing pool, and hanging out with my kids and their families.

BB62—The USS New Jersey

I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, joined the Navy when I was nineteen, got out at age twenty-three, and graduated from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa, with a BA in English at age twenty-six. I earned my BA degree in three years by attending every session the college offered, summer school included. By the time I graduated, I also had a wife (Mary Colette Shannon) and two children (Jane and Joe) and needed a job. I started teaching in Orion, Illinois. I estimate that during my teaching career I taught over 11,000 young adults in my classrooms. This is not to mention the others I met casually in the school building's cafeteria, library, gym, and halls, or in the parking lot and at sporting events. So it turns out that I'm a seventy-eight-year-old grandfather and great grandfather writing books for teens. At my age, perhaps I should be writing books like The Five People You Meet in Heaven. But I'm not. I'm writing books for teens and having fun doing it.
Bio Facts

Born Saginaw, Michigan, 1933; graduated from St. Mary's Cathedral High, 1951.

Served in the U.S. Navy, 1951-1955; Korean War Veteran aboard the battleship USS New Jersey.

Married to Mary Colette Shannon, 1956: six children, thirteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren.

Retired English teacher, 1994; taught high school English for 35 years.

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BA Degree, English, St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa, 1959.

Participant in the University of Iowa's Writing Workshop, 1960.

Part-time sports reporter, Morning Democrat newspaper, 1960s.

MA Degree, Regional Studies, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 1972.

Published over 50 short stories in men's magazines 1960s-1980s.

Completed the Writer's Digest Beginning and Advanced Novel Writing Workshops, 1992-1993.

Published three short stories in the Liguorian, a leading Catholic magazine, 1990s.

Published Triangle, Harcourt Brace, 1994.

Published How I Fell in Love & Learned to Shoot Free Throws, Roaring Brook Press, 2003.

Published Derailed, Llewellyn World Wide, 2006.

Published Last Kiss, Llewellyn World Wide, 2007.

Published The Hustle, Ampichellis Ebooks, 2010.

Published Missing Pieces, Ampichellis Ebooks, 2011

Published 17 shorts stories in Woman's World, a leading woman's magazine. 2004-???? (Still counting)