Welcome to my blog! I make a living (such as it is) selling myself. Well, specifically, my brain and my voice. I write radio commercials, but I also write poetry for adults as well as children. I’ve been in recording studios, on theatre stages, and in front of TV cameras…and have always managed to leave before security arrived. I’ve done voicework and audio production for companies around the country, and my voice can be heard from Maine to Florida, from California to New Jersey, from the U.K. to Dubai. But I still feel like the same kid who grew up in the little town of Weare, NH, writing skits and recording them – voices, sound effects, and all – onto his dad’s Panasonic cassette deck. Surprisingly, I had few friends.
At various times throughout my life, I’ve been an actor, copy writer, voice talent, DJ, country dance instructor, cook, and photography sales dude…and through it all, I have yet to figure out how to make a living doing any of this.
I’m the father of three beautiful children – a young adult daughter who loves to read, a teenage daughter who loves to sing, and a 2-year-old son who thinks the entire world not only revolves around him, but that he can control its rotational spin and even rip out its axis and stick it back in sideways, if he so chooses. I also have a step-daughter, the eldest of the clan, who I credit with getting me to like kids in the first place. (Hey, I was just out of college when I first met her; throw me some slack, will ya?) My wife is the most beautiful and brilliant person I know, and is somehow willing and able to support this crazy life I lead. Yes, she’s a saint, that one.
While I’ve had several adult poems published in independent collections (for which the only compensation is the satisfaction of being in print and a hearty, “Atta-boy”), publication in the children’s literature market has been, to put it mildly, elusive. I’m a member of the SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and although I haven’t gotten my full-length book deal yet…like a typical writer, I’ll keep cranking out material even if no one reads it.
That’s what writers do, isn’t it?