Welcome to my website. Whether you've come to shop for a book, inquire about my professional services, or just to look around, I hope you enjoy your stay. The following is a brief bio:
I am a native of Canton, Illinois and graduated from Monmouth College (IL) in 1983 with a B.A. in History/Education. I also hold a Master's Degree in History from Western Illinois University and am a graduate of the U.S. Army Intelligence School. I was the Director of Public Information & the Sports Information Director at Monmouth College (1983-85), and I have worked as a news reporter, photojournalist, and as a radio commentator for collegiate and high school football. I proudly served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst at home and abroad (1988-92) and was a member of two U.S. All-Army Track & Field Teams. I have been a high school special education teacher since 1997, and since 2001, a co-owner of ChingPhoto.com--an on-location photography studio.
My first book (Silent Warriors), was published in 1995, and is the first published history of the Alamo Scouts, an elite special forces type unit of World War II. Since that time I have authored, co-authored or contributed to 10 additional books and hundreds of articles ranging from history to biography to self-help to fiction. In 1999, I began working as a freelance editor for publishers and as a researcher and historical consultant for television documentaries and motion pictures, including the History Channel, Japan TV, Universal Studios, and others. In 2012, I formed War Room Press and publish a variety of titles under that imprint. I also speak on military affairs throughout the country and do freelance editing, proofreading, screenwriting, and speechwriting.
Since 2003, I have served as the official historian for the Alamo Scouts Historical Foundation, a not-for-profit historical and educational organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the legacy of the Alamo Scouts, and as the co-editor of RECON Magazine.
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