I was born July 26, 1940 in Seymour, Texas, located in West Texas . From an early age, I was a voracious reader, this most likely due to my mother reading exciting stories to me as a baby. By age 10, I had found all of the old classics. By age 12 I had found science fiction and was fascinated by the possibilities the sci-fi writers gave a young reader. As I became a teenager, I discovered Mickey Spillane and was hooked on the tough-guy private eye. It wasn’t until the early 1960s that a friend turned me on to Edgar Rice Burroughs, and from there to Doc Savage and the many pulp heroes of the 1930s and 1940s. I loved to read, and eventually turned to writing.