I'm a native of Connellsville, Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State in 1972. After living in Columbia, Maryland for 33 years, my wife Jean and I moved to Fort Myers, Florida in 2007. My profession was accounting.
In 2009 I was captured by an inspiration to set stories in the little town where I grew up. Not the place it is now, but the proud town it was in 1900. At that time Connellsville, Pennsylvania was at the heart of America’s industrial revolution. A rich coal seam nearby was being mined, processed and shipped to the steel mills of Pittsburgh. In an era of robber-baron capitalists, few were more successful than local boy H.C. Frick. He became a multi-millionaire off the backs of immigrant laborers. It’s into this place and time that I drop my protagonist, Joe Zajac. His adventures there are recorded in two books: Leisenring No. 1 and Confluence-Murder in the Mountains.
I have a third Joe Zajac story in mind about a murder at a steel mill.