Hello everyone, I'm very new to this group and this is my first post. I've been writing since 1977 for six local newspapers with a weekly Bylineover a three year period, with a religious based article. My writing has always been in the non-fiction, how to, or opinion writing. My claim to fame is I started the industry most in the world now call Crime and Trauma Scene Cleanup. Meaning, I would go into traumatic death scenes and remediate the structure from the damage caused by the event and then restore the structure. When I started the company I knew no one was really doing this work as a company, most victims were left to beg, borrow, or steal whomever they could to help them. However, once it became evident as to my position in a burgeoning industry I began to write a newsletter and eventually wrote it's leading textbook and teach and certify technicians across North America. Over the years I've written many articles for industry magazines and the like.
As I've taught and spoke at various events I'm asked to relate a few stories, once I do, I'm always told I should write a book. At the beginning I paid no attention, since novel writing is something I never do, but after suffering from PTSD (you can only see so much human carnage until it affects you) I began to write a cathartic journal. Now many years later (some15years) I have decided to turn my journal into a non-fiction narrative. The name is Confessions of a Death Scene Cleaner.
I'm usually a very confident individual, with now decades of successful business experience but somehow I am the least confident concerning this project. Perhaps it's taking me out of my realm of comfort in descriptions. I have improved on that end but still there's work to be done.
Personally, I was born in 1950 in Independence, Missouri and live here today with my second wife of 32-1/2 years and together we have yours, mine, and ours five children, five grandchildren, all adults, and two great grandchildren, with the third on the way. I think because of our late-life child we have been very blessed with a well blended family. Every year our family centers around our home for holidays and are wonderful. One grandchild is an executive chef who works with Gordon Ramsey so holiday diiners are Five Star, and the summers are filled with several FamJams as they've become known.
Even though I've retired twice I am a marketing director for my oldest and largest competitor since I sold my companies in 2010 when I retired the first time.
Enough for now. I bid you all well wishes and look forward to getting to know new friends and writing-mates around the world.