As a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), I partner with individuals in a thoughtful and creative process to help them maximize their personal and professional potential. As a non-fiction author (The 4 Spheres of Intentional Living), I share insights and anecdotes for helping people to grow in physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual engagement.
As a fiction author, I explore the perspectives, strengths, and flaws of modern suburbanites trying to find purpose and passion in a world constantly in flux. In the spring of 2016, I published the final volume of what I now call my “American Angst Trilogy.” Here’s the volumes and their themes:
The Book Club Widowers: A Novel (2016)
Plot: Three Daytona Beach mothers/book club members head off on a weekend getaway and disappear, leaving husbands, children, and friends to sort through the voids, ambiguities, and personal growth needs left behind.
Key Themes: Disappointment; uncertainty; indoctrination or blind following; powerlessness; addiction; resiliency; marriage; children
The Wine Steward’s Lover (2012)
Plot: A 29-year-old Nashville woman wanders into graduate school after her promising corporate career implodes, and becomes obsessed with finding a man she met at a wine tasting while simultaneously submitting herself to the fires of intense personal growth.
Key Themes: Victim mentality; self-stewardship as heroism; ambiguity; identity (one’s job, one’s land, one’s attachments); sensory awareness; wine quality justaposed with people quality; addiction/inner darkness
Narcissus Blinked (2011)
Plot: A day in the life of a married, suburbanite advertising executive (and disillusioned ex-playwright), as he teeters on an affair with his married neighbor and runs into people who challenge his thinking and explode his self-awareness.
Key Themes: Narcissism; negativity; compassion; mindfulness; vocational love; marriage; children
Please give the “trilogy” a try, and let me know if you resonate with one or more of the themes found in these books. Book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, plus a post on Facebook and Instagram, earn you eternal entry into the John De Marco Gratefulness Hall of Fame as well as lifelong friendship!
In addition to my books, I’ve written thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, along with Web copy, scripts and blogs.
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My latest posts
- There’s More Than One Way to Be Smart - As we progress in our careers and work with all kinds of people, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing there’s just one or two areas of strength that are the most important–and that everyone should strive to develop these in order to advance. Psychologist Howard Gardner, however, pointed out seven different “types […]
- The First Three Hours - These days, I’m practicing making the “first three hours” of each day all about my own health, personal growth, creativity, and learning. If you don’t prioritize time and space for such endeavors (and the specific chunk of the day when you do them will vary for each individual), you’ll only get to them sporadically because […]
- Their Eyes Were Watching the Sun - Yesterday a sense of solidarity swept across our country, as we turned our gazes skyward to glimpse the United States’ first total solar eclipse in 99 years. It was brief. It was non-partisan. It was peaceful. And it was real. More than 300 million Americans, united by wonder and science and awe. As we shifted […]
- The Paradox of the Crowd - Sometimes you’re surrounded by hundreds of people in every direction, but you feel alone. Last night was the home opener for the Franklin High School football team, playing against its rival Brentwood I arrived a little after the start with my 12-year-old daughter Olivia and her friend Grace, and we parked far away and walked […]
- My Bucket List - Recently, while on a flight from Nashville to Seattle I jotted down my first “bucket list,” at first through stream-of-consciousness and then refined and narrowed it to the best of the best before texting it to a few close loved ones. I want to get and stay happily married, and have a great relationship with […]