On Kinder Scout!
I grew up in a tiny cotton town in rural Louisiana where hunting, fishing and farming were a way of life. Between chopping cotton, dove hunting and Little League ball I developed a love of great adventure stories like Call It Courage and Kidnapped. The one gift I always requested for Christmas was--books!
Like most southern boys of that era, I saw the military as an honorable and adventurous career--and a way out of the cotton patch. Members of my family had served in the Army in every American war since the Civil War (save the Spanish American War), so it was a natural step for me to attend and graduate from West Point. I just missed Vietnam, but found that life as a Captain in an army broken by that war was not what I wanted. After tours in Germany and Korea, I returned to Louisiana and civilian life and began a 10 year career in government, including four years as a senior official in the Pentagon during the Reagan administration. During those years I saw the US Army reborn from its post-Vietnam nadir to become the outstanding force it remains today.
Through it all, I retained my love of great adventure writing and when I had two sons I began telling them stories before bedtime. Those stories became my first novel, Longbow. I had thought that telling the story of Roland Inness would be a trilogy, and did manage to get the essential "coming of age" story done in four books: Longbow, Warbow, The Broken Realm and The Ransomed Crown. I had intended to move on to other stories, but so many people around the world had embraced Roland and Declan and Millicent, that I knew I was not done. A Prince of Wales was published in 2017 and took Roland back into Wales to help Llywelyn the Great win his crown and in 2108 I published Declan O'Duinne which takes Roland's faithful comrade back home to Ireland. I think there are still two more books left to do before I finally move on, but time will tell.