New release Scapegoat!

Readers of this blog may know that I am also an author. My first book 35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 tells the true story of an airliner that ditched in the Caribbean Sea and the efforts to rescue those who survived. On August 1, I released my second […]

Two books for your consideration

I rarely use to promote my own work. Today is an exception. I want the readers of Everything Nonfiction to be aware of recent developments concerning my two books 35 Miles From Shore and Scapegoat.  My book 35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 tells the true story of […]

My recent interview on BlogTalk radio

Here is the blogtalk radio interview I did today with Gailen David, who also happens to be a flight attendant for American Airlines. Gailen is an author himself. You can find out more about him and his book Jetiquette…The Customer Experience and You at

The Sky Steward Radio Show

I’ll be doing a BlogTalk radio show tomorrow with host Gailen David starting at 1:00 pm EST. We’ll be talking about the upcoming anniversary of the Hudson ditching and how the events that took place in 1970 in the Caribbean had an impact on the outcome of Flight 1549. The radio show will be available as a podcast after the show.

St. Louis Library Event

Yesterday I was invited to participate in a local author event at the library. It’s always good to get out and do some promotion. Below are a few photos taken at the event.

August View From The Cockpit

Not much hiring going on these days, so while I wait for the turnaround I’ve decided to do some flight instructing just to stay in the loop. It’s been a blast. I’m calling this one “Turning Final.”

35 Miles From Shore is a finalist in an award competition

My book 35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 is a finalist in the 2008 literary awards competition. My book was nominated in the Nonfiction/History category. Click here for a complete listing of the finalists.

Slide Show Presentation

One of the things I have done to promote my book 35 Miles From Shore has been to create a slide show presentation that tells the story using images, sound, and animation. I had my first presentation a few weeks ago. I have several more scheduled in the weeks ahead.

Stormy Weather

Here’s a great picture I took a few days ago.

Mile High Book signing

Another advantage of doing book signings, even when you don’t sell a lot of books or get additional media coverage, is the chance to meet with people who have a connection to the story. In Florida I met with two of Jeannie Larmony’s granddaughters. On this visit I got to meet the sister-in-law of Ken Borrego. Ken was a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Point Whitehorn.

Denver Book Signing June 7

I will be at the Borders on 8230 E. 49th, Denver, Colorado this Saturday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. If you’re in the area stop by. For more information please visit my web site or

Best selling author (not): My experience with my first book signing

Like most two story Borders the upstairs was dedicated mostly to music, which meant that there wasn’t much in the way of traffic. In fact, there was hardly any traffic. The setup upstairs was perfect for a lecture type presentation. It was quiet and there was lots of room. But I was doing a meet and greet type of book signing. So I grabbed a bunch of bookmarks and headed downstairs. My first plan was to hand out bookmarks to every person who walked into the store. But then I realized that I’d run out of bookmarks in ten minutes. So I changed my criteria. I would only hand out bookmarks to people who stopped by the display to check out my book.