For many years during my business career I had several ideas that I wanted to write about. On a couple of occasions I even began the process, only to leave it undone due to lack of time. There just never seemed to be enough time.
All that changed after I recently retired. Although I sit on a couple of Boards and occasionally have a consulting project, I finally have the necessary time to write and I love it! I now allocate three to four hours each day to writing. I close my office door, turn on Pandora and play music through my Bose speaker. The tunes range from the Eagles, John Fogerty and John Denver to the Three Tenors. The music helps soothe and calm, and allows me to concentrate and to write.
One of my ideas was to write about some of the things I experienced while I was in the Air Force. I joined up in 1966, and after training in Texas for five months, I was stationed at Aviano Air Force Base in Northern Italy. While there I was given the opportunity to play baseball in one of Italy’s professional leagues.
My first novel, although fiction, is very loosely based on some of the things I saw, did or experienced while in Italy. As I wrote many of the memories, that were dormant in the corners of my mind, were revived and kindled my creative juices enabling me to bring the scenes and characters to life.
I am excited to report that Solstice Publishing has published A Diamond in Venice. I hope you will read and enjoy it.