As a young man, I grew up in a small town just outside of Houston, Texas. At the age of 17, my stepfather took a new job, and the family moved to Oklahoma.
I wanted to be a Marine since I was 12 years of age. So in October of 1966, I joined up and was sent to MCRD, Marine Recruit Depot in San Diego, California.
After reading Battle Cry by Leon Uris, “Iwo Jima” the movie starring John Wayne, and “DI” starring Jack Webb; I knew the only uniform I wanted to wear was a Marine uniform! It was a test: was I good enough, tough enough? I had to know.
I wrote my book, As Time Goes By, in 2018. Throughout my life people crossed my path, people that would help to make me the man I am today. Samson was the first. Then came John Hickey, Frank Neely, Dave Wadlow, Norma and Willis Bradford, and my wife Cherry, the coaches I had in football in both high school and junior college. Next came the three Dis who would make me into a Marine during 10 weeks of Boot Camp.
Now another person had entered my life. Her name is Jelly (Jeanelle Warren). After my publisher, Joyce Faulkner with Red Engine Press, put my book out there I asked about a screenwriter. She introduced me to Jelly. Our first meet and talk was in front of a computer. To say I was excited to meet her would be an understatement.
She was very professional and intelligent with a quick smile. As our work together progressed talking on the phone a number of times, she encouraged me to ask questions. We discussed how she would write the script. We laughed together, and she was very understanding about the serious parts of the book. Jelly did a great job writing the script based on my book.
Sometimes I’ll stop and think about how lucky I am to have found her. I would highly recommend this young lady. She is a “God Send”! Meet her, talk with her, and discuss your book. I am sure that you too will be just as excited about her as I am.