“So there I was, 57 years old and laid off from my job as a project manager in IT. I’d worked comfortably in that industry for 30 years, then poof! All done. Days turned into weeks and then into months and I felt my life slipping away. My wife told me about a micro-gig site called fiverr.com. I found it and built a ghost-writing gig. Within days I landed my first gig; $40 for 5,000 story, and the buyer didn’t care what kind of story, “Just make it good.” So I sat down and in two days cranked out my first paid short story. The buyer loved it and bought 2 more, and I was on my way.
I’d dabbled with writing stories all my life, but the seminal moment is when that buyer took all 3 of my short stories, bundled them up and released them in a book he’s currently selling in Europe called Traveler’s Trilogy. That was fantastic! But I also realized that my work, while reasonably good, seemed amateurish to me and I needed to improve my skills and my self-discipline. I felt the best way to do that was to take on almost any writing job I could get my hands on. So I posted similar gigs on upworks and guru. The work came in droves and I kept cranking material out. I discovered that I’m a natural storyteller and that just about every gig I took on needed that kind of an approach, from web-content to research papers. Then I wrote a research paper on the hell of Nagasaki when the A-bomb struck, and I wrote it from the perspective of a typical Japanese factory worker, and that struck gold. $3,000 words turned into $1,200. I’d discovered that I have a knack for taking fresh angles and fictionalizing into a deep and compelling story. I next used this on a project called “Gospel Side Stories”; fictionalizing parables from gospels of the Bible, and that turned out to be a hit. Now I’m in the middle of doing three books and I’m in negotiations on a new one where I’ll get my first byline. I took a ton of work–and it still does, but I’m loving every bit of it.
I don’t think I have a specific genre. but there are things I will not write. My “Wheelhouse” is hand-to-hand combat where I draw on over 50 years of martial arts and dialogue. I’m now discovering that great dialogue attributes well toward screenplays. I’ll keep on keeping on and building my skills, for which I feel truly blessed in discovering.”