I’m a dermatologist and dermatopathologist (the study and interpretation of skin biopsies) on staff at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. While I’ve written and published my fair share of scientific papers, I thought I’d like to try my hand at novel writing. Since most authors “write what they know” I have sought to do the same within the “medical thriller” genre of novels using conditions, diseases and medical agents found in that discipline. Obviously, none of these have been published despite multiple efforts to obtain an agent or publisher. Since I have put more hours into these things writing, editing, re-editing and re-re-editing than I care to think about, it seemed a waste to have them simply taking up space in my computer. Perhaps someone else would like to read them. Perhaps not. After all, as I have written to numerous prospective agents, what I think about the quality of my writing is irrelevant. It’s what others think that matters. It may be quite good. It may reek. It is what it is. If you are searching for something new to read in the medical thriller genre, take a look. I hope you enjoy yourself. If you are in the publishing or literary agent business trolling for new material and/or authors, email me and we’ll talk. I have a good day job and don’t need the money, so if these eventually find their way into print, bully. If they never do, life goes on. One word of warning, however. While these novels are neither graphic nor gory, they are also without any profanity or sexual content. This work was done for the glorification of God.

As for personal information, I am a committed Christian husband and father. Everything I do is viewed through that prism. I’ve been married to the same woman for nearly 25 years (she is a genuine saint), have 2 children and, occasionally to my consternation, allow 2 dogs and 2 cats to cohabitate with us. The animals shed substantially, the children less so although the latter tend to complain more. I have worked at Vanderbilt for 14 years and live in a rural area outside town on a small farm. My family and I attend a community church in Franklin, Tennessee. My involvement with that congregation consists of working with the building and grounds committee and playing cello in the band on Sunday mornings. I do medical missions for Health Talents International (usually in Nicaragua) and sit on that organization’s board. In my copious free time, I build and restore furniture. I loiter frequently at Home Depot (some at Lowe’s which has better lumber but a smaller selection of plants and flowers), attach “Hello Kitty” stickers to my power tools and wear my hair in a pony tail if for no other reason than it annoys the administrators at Vanderbilt. Below are some of the things I believe…

Ice hockey rules

  • Billy Kilmer belongs in the NFL Hall of Fame
  • Spammers and computer virus developers should be executed in public
  • Your children should be told that you love them no less than 5 times daily; double for your spouse
  • Each board on a man’s deck deserves to be individually removed, sanded down, covered with no less than 3 coats of deck stain and replaced with 2” deck screws.
  • Stupidity should be painful
    All things being equal, children are more enjoyable to be around than adults

So that’s pretty much me in a nutshell. If you would like to email a message, please feel free to do so.