In chronological order, after graduating from Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, with a Liberal Arts degree, majoring in psychology and sociology, I began my helping people career as a caseworker for the New York City Department of Social Services, Protective Services, investigating the horrors of the abuse and neglect of children. Next, I attained a master’s degree in School Psychology, from the City University of New York and a master's degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University. Lastly, I entered a post-graduate program specializing in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. During my career, I worked in social agencies, the NYC Department of Education, and in private practice in Long Island, treating children, adolescents, and adults, and doing marital therapy.
There are just so many hours in a day; I needed a thirty-six-hour day, not twenty-four, to accomplish all of my passions. Unfortunately, writing took a back seat for too many years because of my careers and family life, but my desire to write only grew stronger. Decades later, I expanded my free time, learned to write, and became a successful writer of short stories, in the horror genre, all of which were published on the web and in print. Feeling confident about my writing skills, I wrote novels. My intent was to snag a literary agent that would open the doors to the traditional publishing industry, but despite how wonderful my novels were, it never happened. Second best, my novels were accepted by independent publishers. Unfortunately, again, they became dysfunctional and unreliable.
Great news! Indy authors became the dominant force in the publishing world, and I joined them. Thanks to five editing programs and beta readers, the quality of my work is excellent. For the first time, in a very long time, I am improving my marketing skills. It's fun to sell a book. It's pure joy to receive terrific reviews and chat with fellow writers around the world.
As a retired person, I love writing stories about my generation. Forrester's Folly and soon to be released, If I’m Dreaming, Don’t Wake Me! A helpful literary agent told me the publishing world is not interested in senior stories. There are few on the bookshelves. Yet, in film and theater, senior stories thrive. I'm hoping to prove them all wrong as a bestselling senior writer.
Retirement has allowed me to write full-time. My kids are grown. The grandkids are growing. Golf, tennis, pickleball, and bowling are my other passions. Oil painting is on the sideline now. My wife and I are having a great time in South Florida. We now have Mickey, a Shih Tzu. He is a fantastic addition to our family.