People often ask where I get my ideas for the books I write and the various genres. I tell them that much of it is imagination as well as personal experience or something that just pops into my head as perhaps being the means of a good book. Many have called me a story teller and I think I like that title. I have had 20 books published over my career.
The Summer & Shiner series (six books in the series) comes from my boy hood growing up in a small town at the base of the Flint Hills in Kansas. We played hard but we also worked hard. We had two boys’ clubs in that town: my club called the Mustangs and sort of a rival club called the Spiders. We were rivals in a sense although nothing ever got out of hand. It was great growing up back then: a simpler time much like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
Most of the events in the series come from true life adventure. I still yearn for those times even now. And my book called Balbena’s Grave came from an idea as I was mowing our local cemetery. I noticed this neglected stone dated way-back-when with a girl named Balbena on the inscription. The poor girl had only lived to be sixteen. No one ever placed flowers on her grave. It read: May Her Soul Rise to Heaven.
Around Memorial Day I would always pick a bouquet of peonies from the cemetery and lay them on the stone in her memory. This planted the “seed” for the Young Adult paranormal of “Balbena’s Grave”.