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Who are you and where did you come from?
I tell people that I'm not really from anywhere, as I grew up as an Army Brat and we moved around a lot. But I've lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana the longest and graduated with a B.S. in business from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1986. I found about the website through Lucinda Daleo, (Lucinda are you reading this?), who is handling the Writers Block at the Jeffersonville, Indiana Steam Boat Days Festival. I researched, wrote and then published my first book in December 2013, and it has been very successful. I started my own independent publishing company, Erstwhile Publications, with my niche in railroad books.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?
I am looking forward to more railroad books under belt, both ones that I have written, but also others that I have published for other railroad authors.

What is the biggest mistake you've made in your life?
Buying a Toshiba laptop. Unlike most laptops, the touch pad is off center and when I type, the cursor jumps all over the place. You many eventually read about me murdering a computer. Should I throw it under a bus or drop it from a skyscraper? Or better yet, perhaps I should take it out in an open field and blow it up.

What would you do for a Klondike bar?

Flash Round Favorites
Author: Mark Twain
Color: Tahoe Turquoise like my 1966 Mustang Convertible
Sound: A steam locomotive
Season: Summer
Animal: Dolphin
Smell: Burnt Hickory
Food: Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Place to Visit: Montana
Place to Live: Don't know yet
Movie: Flight of the Phoenix
Alien: Haven't met one yet
Number: Thirteen
Texture: I can't tell you, it's personal
Planet: Earth
Favorite Memory: Living in Bavaria as a child with the view of snowcapped mountains out the window, plenty of snow to learn how to ski and the quaint villages to shop or drive through. I also remember the railroads as if time had stood still. They still had steam locomotives in Southern Germany and plenty of passenger trains. I remember changing trains in the big outdoor, glass covered train shed at Munich and escaping steam from the steam heated cars. And then there was the guy pushing a cart selling food and people carrying skis to and from the trains.

Favorite Place To Write
At my desk in my office located in a space across from my living room which is called a solarium but only has windows on two sides.

Greatest Inspiration
Railroad author, photographer and news reporter, John Rehor.

Best Elevator Pitch For Latest Book. 300 words or less
Built as the Wabash Railroad's "Chicago Extension" and an integral part of the shortest railroad between Detroit and Chicago, the Fourth District through Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana has a colorful history. It was also the first Wabash District dieselized (1950) and home of the last mixed train in Indiana (1962). In addition to an illustrated, researched history, dating back to 1891, "Railroading on the Wabash Fourth District" tells the story in the words of railroaders that worked the line and folks that remember it. This 320 page, hardcover, Smyth-Sewn book includes hundreds of photographs, maps, illustrations, diagrams, timetables, track charts, grade profile, color section, end notes, bibliography and index. As a bonus, the postscript chapter provides an up-date on what happened to the railroad after the 1964 Wabash lease to Norfolk & Western. This includes operations and preservation efforts into the Norfolk Southern era. In addition to the eleven chapters, four appendices cover motive power and other rolling stock, B&B, operating employee lists (with photos) and a 1930 profile with track diagrams and infrastructure details.