Graduated from Troy State University, 1972. Spent over 30 years in sales before switching to full-time journalism. Presently working as the Senior Writer for Vintage Guitar Magazine (having written for that publication since 1989; i.e. I was still in sales but began building a writing resume).
Retired on 31 DEC 15 from Tallapoosa Publishers, which owns several newspapers and magazines in the Lake Martin area, including the Tallassee Tribune, which was my base location. The Tribune was owned by Jo and Jack Venable when I was hired some years earlier; Jo had taught biology at Lanier in the '60s (Jerry Leachman was my partner in her class when we dissected what he called "critters"). In that same era, Jack Venable was News Director for WSFA-TV. My present title with the Tribune = "News Editor Emeritus" and I still occasionally contribute to the paper.
My thirteenth book is the authorized history of a Southern rock band called the Atlanta Rhythm Section (released in mid-October 2018).
I am also continuing to do freelance work, and have other book projects under development, so technically, I'm still workin' several jobs. If there was a place on this profile to list hobbies, I'd type in "None"; I don't have much time for optional/casual diversions...
I had the best view of anyone of the last-ditch field goal attempt by Lee High in the 1966 state championship football game.