Born and raised in the Las Vegas valley, I love Southern Nevada and continue to make my home there. I attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I received my bachelor’s degree in English. After graduating, I worked briefly in the teaching field and then as a legal courier for the MGM/Mirage corporate office before eventually starting a career in public libraries. While working as a librarian assistant in youth services, I earned my master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I now work as a public services librarian for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. My wife Alley and I live in Henderson, Nevada with our beloved dog Sophy.
My debut novel The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy (2011) is based loosely on the experiences of my father and uncle. They were born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1959. The novel charts the extended family of two Cuban-American brothers and how their lives cross paths with Fidel and JFK. My second novel The Sky Buries All Sorrow (2013) is based loosely on my mother’s side of the family. My grandfather was a veteran of the Second World War, and the novel chronicles three generations of an American family from Pearl Harbor through the events of September 11. Empire of the Mind (2014) is a collection of my selected poems, most of them written during my teen years through my early adulthood. My third novel The Destruction of Silence (2016) follows the traumatic life of a young Native American man of Apache heritage. He suffers from abuse and addiction in his youth and goes on a journey to overcome his past and discover secrets to his family’s history.
My fourth novel Prayers from the Far Quarter (2020) honors the sacrifices and contributions of Muslims throughout American history through the journey of an enslaved African Muslim who eventually serves in the Union army during the Civil War. Check under the “News” tab here on my website for the most recent updates. You can also connect with me on any of my social media accounts for more information.
Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, Michael Ondaatje, Albert Camus, Jorge Luis Borges, E.L. Doctorow, Edwidge Danticat, J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Gilbert, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ibram X. Kendi, Craig Considine, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Marilynne Robinson, Julie Orringer, Jesmyn Ward, Jhumpa Lahiri, Teju Cole, Reza Aslan, David McCullough, Adam Johnson, Edward P. Jones, Oscar Hijuelos, Ha Jin, Tim O’Brien, Khaled Hosseini, Naguib Mahfouz, Hermann Hesse, Fyodor Dostoevsky, John Steinbeck, Henry David Thoreau, Ryan McIlvain, Jonathan Sturak, Seamus Heaney, Pablo Neruda, Mary Oliver, Sharon Olds, Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, Wislawa Szymborska, Octavio Paz, Derek Walcott, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ken Wanamaker
My Writing Mantras
1) Read as much as you can and as often as you can. Make your reading goals more important than your writing goals.
2) Support other writers at every opportunity available to you.
3) Stay committed to your project and dedicated to your craft.
4) Start with your writing each morning and keep it going through the next day.
5) Be passionate about your work and nurture it with patience.
6) Work hard and the muse will find you.
7) Remain true to the vision of your art.
I have reviewed over 500 titles on a wide range of literature from novels to short story collections to poetry to biographies to non-fiction of all subjects to books for children and young adults. To read any of my reviews, visit my author page on Goodreads.
A Few of My Favorites
Novels/Fiction: Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Border Trilogy (All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, and Cities of the Plain) by Cormac McCarthy, Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
Non-fiction: Truman by David McCullough, No god but God by Reza Aslan, Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram Kendi, Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck; Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Music: U2, Led Zeppelin, Nine Inch Nails, Taylor Swift
Movies: Forrest Gump, Good Will Hunting, The Bourne Identity, Catch Me If You Can, Legends of the Fall
TV Shows: Suits, Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men
Actors: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt
Actresses: Jessica Chastain, Carey Mulligan, Emma Stone, Margot Robbie
Painting: The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai
Athletes: Ted Williams, Tom Brady
Sports Teams: Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots
Collectibles: figurines of elephants and whales
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