I've been writing since I was seven years old when my grandmother put paper and pen in front of me to keep me occupied on a rainy day in my native Vermont. "Write me a story," she said, and I've doing that ever since. My first paying job was at a newspaper (back when 10-year-old kids got to deliver them to your front door before dawn each morning). All I ever wanted to be when I grew up was either a cowboy or a writer, and when I moved to Texas I got to be both. I had a slight detour in the U.S. Navy, but thanks to Uncle Sam I got to see most of Europe, some of Africa, Australia, lots of the Caribbean, and all of the Orient including an interesting place called Vietnam.