Welcome to my website, and my first blog post.
Deep Green is my second book, and my first time writing fiction. I have always been drawn to the true stories, the ones that affected real people. For most of my twenties, I told those stories in newspapers.
I’m no longer a reporter, but the itch to write is one I have to scratch almost daily. It calms me down. Now that my knees can’t bear the intensity of playing basketball on pavement, I sit in a comfortable chair and write. At least I can see the basketball hoop outside.
This book is about Ray, a teenager who does not earn a spot on his junior high school basketball team. He is confused on what direction he should take. He has always played sports, but he is now at a crossroads. He takes up skateboarding, and with it come his downfalls. He lets a stereotype control his life. He stops hanging out with longtime friends. He begins socializing with a rough crowd. He shoplifts, and just when he thinks he has become invincible, he is arrested. A church basketball team intervenes at a crucial moment in Ray’s life. Will it be enough for Ray to get his life back on the right path?
I decided to write this because I thought it was a story worth telling. I think it is good for teenagers to read, a book that can humble them and teach them important values. I hope it does. I also believe it is a good book for any avid reader who enjoys a feel-good story.
I dedicated this book to Kevin O’Kelley, who was my basketball coach for a short period of time. He is the inspiration behind this book.
The book is available for $15 on Amazon.com and $8.99 on Kindle. I hope you take the short time to read this book. I would really appreciate it.