I joined the Marines at the age of 17 after graduating high school. My MOS was signals intelligence, which the Marine Corps labeled "electronic warfare operator", a decorative term for intercepting Morse Code messages from our enemies.
I kicked around a few years after being discharged, going to college and engaging in various occupations to earn money. I worked in retail at a department store, a year as a jailer in the Doña Ana county jail, construction, and even bartended for six months. I rode my Harley to all those jobs.
In 1979 I joined the Las Cruces Police Department and served 22 years, rising through the ranks and retiring as deputy chief of police in 2001. During my career I served in patrol, narcotics, criminal investigations, and a one-year stint as lieutenant in professional standards before being promoted to my final rank.
Following that I did contract work as a police advisor with the U.S. Department of State in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Liberia, Haiti, Lebanon and South Sudan. I also did a brief stint in Nepal inspecting Nepalese police for deployment readiness for the U.N. mission in Liberia.
After the better part of 12 years being overseas I decided to follow my passion for writing. The first book was TWENTY, a compilation of short stories told in police locker room style. I wanted the reader to feel and understand what it was like to be a cop, and the feedback I got from fellow law enforcement officers was positive. Many officers from different parts of the nation sent emails thanking me for writing a book that wasn't politically correct bullshit. Most civilians liked it, too, although some didn't get it. There are those who carry a saintly image in their heads about cops, and discovering that our men and women in law enforcement are actually human did not fit that stereotype.
Click on any book cover for a brief description of the contents and I hope you enjoy my writings.