I, Alfred W. Smith, Jr.
am a former NYC native, born and raised. The Bronx, where I grew up, is the only borough of New York attached to the mainland. That’s apropos of nothing, but now you know.
relocated to Emmaus, PA in the Lehigh Valley in ’92, to raise my family.
relocated to Woodbridge, NJ, in 2014 because my job with an international courier service transferred me here.
am a gospel / jazz bassist, chess player (enthusiast would be a stretch these days), amateur photographer (still overwhelmed by all the new tech, but it’s great!)
have my father to thank for the interest in all things literary and musical. His library shelf was extensive, diverse, and dynamic, and provided my summer reading for many years: I read everything from Langston Hughes to GK Chesterton to Kahlil Gibran to Dosteovsky to O. Henry to Shakespeare….
hold most of his record collection now. Don’t know if I’ll get through it all, but it won’t be for lack of trying…
have my mother to thank for my tenacity, my sister, my preference for finer things, and the fact that even though I still dirty my room, I eventually do clean it. I have vowed one day to go to Paris, to see it for both of us. She wanted to go, but cancer took her before she got the chance.
am an avid reader of fantasy; my favorite authors are Terry Goodkind, Patricia McKillip, Karen Miller, George (the Killer) Martin, and Brent Weeks. My favorite mystery writer was Robert B. Parker of the Spenser / Jesse Stone series (I once attempted to read the Faerie Queene, and did enjoy it; I have to finish it. It’s long as heck).
am currently in hot pursuit of a full time writing career, because I fulfilled my obligations, ran out of excuses, and now I’m running out of time.
am a divorced father of three grown children, 2 boys, one girl. She’s my oldest. Proud of them all!
LOVE real jazz, and classical music on rainy days. I don’t know specifically why, but the rain suits it better.
am not a published author as yet, but that will be changing in 2016 (it used to say 2015, but it didn’t happen. Sob)
am glad you are taking the time to read my blog. I hope it entertains, informs, intrigues, and inspires.
There will be cobwebs mixed with the gold coins, or gold coins among the cobwebs, depending on your point of view.
“and now,…let the wild rumpus start.”