iSoftwerks

This website was once my traveling tool box. I am an ex-computer programmer, who made a career working on IBM S/3, through Power i OS platforms. I was born in rural Southeast Missouri, about the middle of the last century. As I turned 18, Uncle Sam had a job for me, and I got to travel a bit. When my daughter first learned that I had been in the army, she asked, "Which one, the Blue or the Gray?" After a stint in the Army (the uniforms were green; in case you were wondering), I began a writing career--of a sort; computer programs, primarily developing applications for IBM mid-range computer platforms. It was a good career. Now I am retired and I write books instead of programs.

I have always been an avid reader. I wandered through the works of Rober E. Howard, Joseph Conrad, Sandra Brown, Michael Connelly, Issac Asimov and many others. I particularly loved Louis L'amour's novels and the manner in which he was able to bring the past to life with his story telling. His stories are what inspired me to start writing fiction. To date, I have published seven Western novels, the lastest of which is Track of the Wolf, a story set in North America's fur trading period. I enjoy the process of creating a work of fiction and look forward to writing more western novels in the future.

I don't limit myself to westerns, as I do enjoy exploring other avenues of fiction. The story Velvet Green is mainstream fiction set in the year 1961. The novel,Night of the Beast, is a science-fiction novel that dives into gene splicing and gene silencing, with a side order of designer drugs! Currently I am working on a SF series, called Broken, planned to span three books.

SteveI enjoy music; I used to play guitar once in while. The audio clip below is a from a long-ago practice session. I used a digital loop station and a digital drum machine. I played all the instruments: bass, keyboard, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, dubbing over the drum loop. My favorite guitarist was Stevie Ray Vaughan, but I also like Joe Satriani and jazz great, Lee Ritenour.

I also enjoy digital photography. The book covers I created for my novels are a combination of my digital photos and a liberal dose of Image Editor and Photoshop. It is a challenge to come up with a cover image that is unique, yet stays within the style I have chosen to use. I try to make sure that the cover image reflects some element of the story. Sometimes, I even grab a pencil and draw an image to insert into the book. (The hawk feathers on the left are from a pencil drawing.)

Practice clip