I am the award-winning author of 22 nonfiction books, countless articles in newspapers, magazines and online, and a new novel, Grace Brothers Mysteries: Searching for Sweetness. To find out a little bit more about me, please read on.

My Personal Story

A newspaper illustration of me in high school.

When I was in high school a great man named Bob Berndt, my history teacher and counselor, asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.

“A writer,” I told him.

That is pretty much all I’ve ever done, all my life. Be a writer.

Since my high school days, one or two things have happened. Most notably, I met and married a wonderful woman named Jennifer. We’ve been married 20 years. We have four children, one of whom, Leah, died after only five days due to breathing complications. The other three—Annie, Hank, Gabe—are doing great.

The fam.

Oh, and let’s not forget our dog Ruby. Most every day I walk with her in the hills around our home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The biggest event of my childhood was the death of my father. He was a diabetic, a disease he developed while serving in the Navy in horrid conditions in the South Pacific during World War II. He died when he was 47. My brother was 16, I was 13.

Two years before my dad died, he became pretty sick. He lost his eyesight and could no longer work at his job. Retiring as managing editor of the Hayward Daily Review, he still had the newspaperman’s dream of writing a novel. But he was too weak and never finished his dream novel. He died before that happened.

My father, on the job, in the days when newspaper reporters  used typewriters.

The pages he wrote, which I never read, were early drafts and are long gone. Nonetheless all my life I have carried with me the idea that I would like to do what he was unable to do because of his poor health.

Write novels. Write fiction as well as nonfiction.

This is how I came to write my first novel, Grace Brothers Mysteries: Searching for Sweetness. It’s dedicated to my father. The dedication reads, “For my father, Delmar L. Nelson, finishing unfinished business.”

The book is a tribute to my father and my mother, Frances M. Nelson, who raised my brother and me after the love of her life passed and whose hard work and love kept our family together.

I talk about some of my nonfiction books on my Nonfiction page.

Yours truly, on a recent hike across the Golden Gate Bridge, about an hour’s drive from our home.