I wrote creatively early in my adulthood and then put it aside for many years. I started writing my memoir, City of Crows, when my wife was pregnant with our second child. When our first son was just learning to walk, my father who I had been long estranged from passed away in Roswell, New Mexico. My wife was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer at the time. It was a dark period in my life, yet also one of wonder as I watched my young son develop. Joe Blair’s By the Iowa Sea was a memoir that resonated with me and partially inspired me to write my own book. Raymond Carver, Charles Bukowski, and the Nick Adams stories of Ernest Hemingway are probably the biggest influences on my writing. I’ve spent the last decade carrying mail in Minneapolis.