My preferred genre to write is Historical Fiction, with efforts to
illuminate the otherwise forgotten LGBTQ figures that made
history for other reasons: Lewis Ginter, Grace Arents, James
Buchanan, Baron Von Steuben, and more.
I waited until I hit middle age before I started writing seriously. I
have been an accomplished photographer since high school,
and I am known throughout Richmond as “Cookie John” for my
I am happily married to the man I met in 1986. We have never
been apart since our first date.
I grew up in Virginia. My dad was in the Army, but he had nearly
retired by the time I came along. Other than my own stint in the
US Navy, I have always considered Virginia my home.
I am an IT Geek: nerdy, introverted, fascinated by technology,
and easily distracted by the next shiny thing that catches my
#VCURams - Five Time Graduate of VCU