How did you know you wanted to be an author?: I consider myself more of a poet and a scholar than a writer. I don’t think I made a conscious decision about writing poetry. I just wrote poems when I felt compelled to write. I have been writing poetry all my life, and at some point, I started submitting poems for publication. It took me a very long time to put some of my poems together in book form. "Ode to Numbers" is my first poetry collection. It was very gratifying that Rennie McQuilkin, Connecticut’s Poet Laureate and Antrim House publisher, took an interest in the manuscript and published it. I also write scholarly articles on the connections between mathematics and poetry. Here I follow my interests and when I think that I have something to say that might interest other people, I write it down and submit it for publication. Before I did any of this, I wrote extensively (books and papers) on mathematics, particularly in the area of Commutative Ring Theory.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: Write about what you know best and what interests you most. This will guarantee, at least, that you will enjoy your own writing. And chances are good that there will be many other people with similar interests that you can share your work with.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: No rituals. As far as practices: I try to write something every day. Sometimes just a line or a sentence. If there is time, more than that. I usually have several pieces of writing at various stages of completion on my computer’s desktop, and I work at one or the other as time and inclination allow.
What message do you want readers to remember?: This is not an easy question to answer for a poet like me, who has no “political” agenda at all. Perhaps, if there is one message that I would like readers of my poems to take away with them after they close the book, is that mathematics and poetry have more in common than is commonly believed.
How can fans get in contact with you?: The best way to contact me is to send me an email to one of the email addresses listed on my website.