While other kids were out swimming, going to summer camp and just having fun in the sun in Dayton, Ohio, I was into the Bobbsey Twins and the Cherry Ames, R.N. series. The library became my second home. I checked out four books a week, read them and came back for more. I was into English historical fiction/romance by then, and became a science fiction fan once I was introduced to Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Octavia Butler, and many others.
I had a short career in journalism as a beat reporter at a radio station in Toledo, Ohio, and then marriage led me to Lexington, Kentucky, where I first plied my writing talent in the advertising agency business. That morphed into a 35-year career as a freelance marketing writer, 26 of those spent in Los Angeles.
While in LA, I co-authored, edited and project-managed two non-fiction history books. The first was titled A Credit To Its Members, Hughes Aircraft Employees Federal Credit Union, a history, 1940-2000. This 112-page hardbound book was a vanity project for one of my clients, as was another book, Thirteen Men, Sixty-Five Dollars, Seventy Years Later, a history of Wescom Credit Union, 1934-2005.
After 9 years in Denver, I was done with corporate America and retired, moving to Kansas City in 2021. I’m currently finishing my first work of fiction, a dystopic adventure/thriller about second-chance romance, with a working title of Love After The Collapse. I write under the name Delaney Blake.