After a successful career in aerospace engineering for over twenty years—both in technical and leadership roles—my primary focus is now on writing.
I am number eight of nine kids and from a holler in West Virginia. Going hungry is one aspect of growing up in poverty and something that taught my brothers and sisters and me how to overcome adversity and develop resilience. One thing I’ve learned, though, is that resilience isn’t necessarily about “toughing it out” so much as it is about tapping into your spirit. Spiritual energy runs through our veins; it’s the life force that sustains us during hardship and lights us up on the other side of it. It’s when I have forgotten or ignored my spirit, my resilience, that I’ve suffered longer and harder than I needed to. My aim is to help others remember, and draw on, their own resilience—their own spiritual energy—through my work as an author, teacher and speaker.