I was born in Elgin, Illinois. I went in the United States Marine Corps in 1973 and was discharged in 1993. I was in California and went back to school. I received a BA in creative writing from California State University, San Bernardino. I wrote for a jazz magazine and had belonged to the Southern California Writer's Club. I returned to Illinois and wrote for two local newspapers. I've had five books self-published and had some poems published commercially. I am currently working on a two-thousand-year history of my family.