BIO

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Writing seriously since 1998, I’ve penned nearly 3,000,000 words. (I specialize in short stories and middle-grade fiction. I’ve also written a ton of poetry and some screenplays and plays. (I studied under professional playwright T. Dianne Anderson while minoring in theater at the University of South Florida, Tampa campus.)

EugeneFWAconference2015(04)_medI’ve received six Writers Digest honorable mentions and nine Royal Palm Literary Awards (four for first place). In 2009, I received the president’s award from the Florida Writers Association for assisting other member writers. I’m a lifetime member, regional director for the States of Washington and Nevada, and a board member for the FWA. Having attended dozens of writing conferences, I’ve also presented at four.

Well-versed in The Chicago Manual of Style, I passed a rigid editors’ exam in Feb of 2015. Besides hanging out my editor’s shingle through the Editorial Freelancers Association, I lend my services to the Florida Writers Association’s Editors Helping Writers program, to their RPLA annual writing contest as a judge, and to the development of young writers in my Reno Writing Clinic designed to teach writing mastery.

I hold a master’s degree in computer science education and retired after 28 years of teaching the mentally handicapped and computer applications for at-risk, high school students in Florida.

My wife died in 2011, which led me to the West. I met my current wife, Dodie Orlando, aka Darcie MacKim, in Walla Walla, Washington. We married after moving to Reno, NV in 2013. Three months later, Dodie contracted stage-four, gynecological cancer and beat it by July of 2014. She’s been cancer free since.

 

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