Two great truths define me: I’m a writer and I live in Arizona.
I knew this remarkable state was where I belonged as soon as I arrived as a wide-eyed college student. It captivated me with its epic beauty, diverse landscapes and rich history. My path as a writer had been set years before when I first read Mark Twain. Somehow I was able to combine my two great passions and become an Arizona travel writer.
These days you’ll find me rambling around my beloved Arizona and writing about what I find. My specialties include state and national parks, lonely hiking trails, twisting back roads, diners with burgers sizzling on the grill, small towns, ghost towns and pie. My work has appeared in the Arizona Republic, The Guardian, USA Today, Arizona Highways, and dozens more. In 2018, I was truly honored to be inducted into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame.
For years now I’ve written for the official Arizona State Visitor Guide, as well as visitor guides for Sedona, Scottsdale and Yuma. And here’s something cool—in 2019 I was chosen to write the Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Magazine. The 56-page glossy magazine is distributed at the park.
I’m the author of several Southwest travel books. You can learn more details on my Book page. Titles include:
Arizona State Parks: A Guide to Amazing Places in the Grand Canyon State
The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon
Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers
Arizona Kicks on Route 66
Death Valley: Hottest Place on Earth
I’ve also begun writing humorous short stories based in Arizona as eBooks. For many years I worked as a stand-up comedian and later became a nationally syndicated humor writer. So this is a chance to return to my roots while still celebrating my passion for Arizona. Even though the stories are fictional, they are filled with Arizona legends, history, locations, and weather, and I portray them as accurately as possible. Visit my Humor page for samples and to purchase the eBooks.
Each year I give dozens of lectures, presentations, and book signings around the state. To find out when I’m going to be in your area, check out my Events page.
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