I grew up in Burlington, North Carolina but spent many nights in remote backcountry campsites in the Uwharrie and Appalachian Mountains with fellow Boy Scouts and other friends. Since then I have been fortunate enough to spend nights under the stars in many remote locations, from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Sierra Nevada Mountains of southern California, on Mount Rainier in Washington State, to the Brooks Range in Alaska and many other places in between. This is a list I am always trying to expand!
In college, I earned a Civil Engineering degree and later obtained a Professional Engineer's license while working for the State of North Carolina in the Department of Transportation. I soon combined my curiosity and a desire to create with my organizational skills to write a trail guidebook for the Uwharrie Lakes Region in central NC.
DTC Publishing was started in 1998 to support sales of that first book – Uwharrie Lakes Region Trail Guide, which was published by Bill Webster and Earthbound Sports. Bill handled most of the wholesale distribution to outdoor stores and bookshops for this book. I sold signed copies through my website and in person.
In 2004, I self-published a second book - Star Trails Navajo. This book is a field guide to the Navajo constellations and star stories. Seeing the night sky from a different perspective fascinates me. Constellations based primarily on ancient Greek mythology are interesting, but to learn how other peoples in North America have tied their lives and cultures into the patterns of stars we see in the sky is a lot more interesting.
In 2009, I self-published an updated second edition of Star Trails Navajo using the print-on-demand services of Createspace. That is also the year I began updating trail data for the Uwharrie Lakes Region Trail Guide.
I always have numerous project ideas floating around in my head. There are many more books in there, a few map projects, and who knows what else. I collected enough research material for a Star Trails – Pawnee book. I have an outline for a book on Adventure Race Navigation. I’d love to compile stories from some of my trekking, paddling, racing, or motorcycle touring adventures into a book or two. I also have a growing collection of GPS files for various trails and am working out a way to publish customized maps. My next books will probably be one about Lost Uwharrie places that are all but forgotten and a trail guide for the Triangle region of NC.
Somewhere in between working on all of these past projects, I managed to hold down that day job and help my wife raise our family. But the girls are out of college now and blazing their own trails. I achieved the retirement milestone from the day job. With your continued feedback and support, I hope to spend more time on my writing and bring more of these project ideas to reality!
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