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Carl was born in 1964, and grew up in rural Mississippi in the red clay hills of Pontotoc County. One of his first memories has him standing in his front yard wishing he was old enough to go to school so he could learn to read and write. Especially write, because he had stories swirling inside his head and he didn't want to forget them. On his first day of school, he missed recess because he couldn't recite his ABCs. An ironic start for a boy who would grow up to write novels.
In 1984 Carl received an AAS degree in electronics from Itawamba Community College. After college he worked as a technician for an office supply company that sold cash registers to mom-and-pop stores throughout North Mississippi and Northwest Alabama. Later, he took a job as a programmer for a systems integration firm and traveled the United States, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, meeting people from various backgrounds and walks of life. Observing people – their differences and similarities, continues to fascinate him.
When he was 28, Carl rode his motorcycle north from Mississippi and toured the back roads of Ohio, then through the Smokey Mountains and up the Blue Ridge Parkway into Virginia. Riding relaxed him, and allowed his mind to wander back toward the novels he knew he would someday write. Someday came about a decade later, when he stopped making excuses and began the difficult task of turning a dream into reality.
Through it all, Carl never moved away from Pontotoc County. He lives there today with his wife, Sharon, and two of their four children. At present he and Sharon have three grandsons and a granddaughter who keep them busy. He still works for the same systems integration firm, and he continues to write novels.