I’ve been a bibliophile so long I can’t remember when I could not read.

Having spent more than a dozen years reviewing and freelance writing, I’m now much more laid-back. I read for the love of it, like in the old days when I first began blogging. I’ve written for the Chicago Tribune, New York Journal of Books, Chicago Review of Books, Booklist, Library Journal, Bookbrowse.com …

More venues, but that’s enough to give you an idea where I’ve been.

Interviewing writers, hobnobbing with publishers and bookish people is a key function of my life. I still attend book events and literary festivals. Despite having slowed my professional freelance writing, I don’t expect to turn into a hermit anytime soon.

I’m like a moth to the flame of those who create with beautiful words.

I read widely, mostly literary fiction. I also love books about books, nonfiction on a variety of topics, literary biography and loads more. If it appeals, I read it.

I collect books, hoarding them. There are thousands in my collection, ranging from the latest contemporary releases to the quite rare and obscure.

A native of Faulkner’s Mississippi, I’ve lived in the Chicago metro area more than half my life. I hold a B.A. in English literature from Dominican University in River Forest, IL, and my MLIS (Masters in Library and Information Studies) is through the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

My day job is in life insurance, not from the sales end. It pays the book bills, and introduces me to some of the most remarkable people.

Maybe some of them will turn up in my fiction some day.

Welcome to Bluestalking; thanks so much for stopping by.



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