With experience in both drug manufacturing and clinical patient management, I thrived in the world of pharmaceuticals and patient care. Being a pharmacist with an advanced clinical degree, a home infusion pharmacy certification and expertise in intravenous therapy, I established a string of successful infusion pharmacies that eventually became part of a large national pharmacy provider organization.
My expressed passion has always been pharmaceuticals and their impact on one’s quality of life, but my secret passion of murder and mayhem is a whole other story. Throughout my career as a clinical pharmacist, I loved reading murder mysteries and thrillers, and imagined that I would one day write a few wicked tales of my own.
After a few false starts, I acted on that dream and enrolled in creative writing courses. Next, I participated in writing workshops and focus groups to hone what I had learned so that I could weave the believable lies that become successful works of fiction. That’s when I discovered it’s a lot easier to pharmaceutically manage a critically ill patient than to construct a believable lie for 100,000 words. But, with the help of mentors, I realized that I could (possibly) have writing talent. Now a day without stringing words together feels incomplete.
Drawing on my clinical expertise as a pharmacist, my continued writing development and my infatuation with the lethal effects of drugs, I’ve developed a thriller trilogy based on a character with a tragic childhood coupled to a Special Forces background. The character strives to live a normal life as a clinical pharmacist, but fate has other plans as his successful career unravels and he’s thrust into the world of illegal drugs, murder, terror and international intrigue. I also have a murder mystery series sketched out that’s based on a quirky female police detective.
Pharmaceuticals have become an integral part of the modern world and are often major components of crime. This fact creates fertile territory for plot development and storytelling scenarios. I use my knowledge of drugs, their use and misuse, and infuse a bit of sinister imagination to create tales of murder, mayhem and medicine that will have you looking over your shoulder and suspicious of anything in your medicine cabinet.
My wife and I frequently travel to other countries and the insight into different cultures adds new dimension to my writing. I enjoy long distance running, snow skiing and ballroom dancing. And I’ll admit that the knowledge of these sports has caused them to creep into my writing from time to time.