patrick-12-11-16I’ve led what some might call a checkered life. My first adult job was as a firefighter before I graduated high school. Over the intervening years I have been an EMT, a scuba diver, a college professor, a ghostwriter, a systems analyst, a theatrical director, and a bagpiper. There are even rumors that I spent time as an employee of an unnamed government agency. I must, however, vehemently deny the rumor that I ran guns to Bolivia during the missing summer of 1971.

Throughout it all I’ve been an avid reader. My parents encouraged me to read everything I could get my hands on, from the Encyclopedia Americana and the exploits of Sherlock Holmes to the works of Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller. Even today I usually have three books going at once.

These days I live in the wilds of Southern Oregon with my wife of nearly 45 years and our five cats: Romeo, Sugar Foot, Poe, Shadow and Boo.