After his first successful publication (5th grade, Halloween poem in the Collins, MS News Commercial), Danny L took a half century off. Most of his adult life after college has been spent writing, but almost all of it for other peoples' signatures. For instance, while in the US Army Recruiting Command in the 1970s, he penned all the correspondence for the commander, including policy documents, briefings, etc. The early '80s found him acting as the Adjutant for an Army Artillery Group in Italy, doing much the same. The group's 19 detachments were dispersed over northern Italy; his signature appeared on all of their bulletin boards, right under the line "For the Commander."
Fast forward back stateside and as an Inspector General for the Army he wrote reports for three more years. Finally, he arrived in Huntsville, AL for his last Army assignment, where he -- you guessed it -- wrote position papers, decision papers, analysis of alternatives -- you name it, he wrote it, but always for someone or something else.
In the 20+ years since retirement from active duty Danny busied himself writing proposals for grants and government contracts. Then one day his wife and raisin d'etre sat him down and said, in effect, why don't you write for yourself, and tell some of the stories we hear all the time.
The result of that conversation is a collection of first person stories to be published under the title Little Lost Boy, after an event it took more than two generations to outlive. In 2012 he published his first novel, Justice, as an ebook, followed by The Pres in 2014. Soon to come is a re-telling of the 1960's hit Ode to Billy Joe in novel form, and a post-apocalyptic piece set in present day.
A true Southerner, Danny grew up in Mississippi, lives in Tennessee, and works in Alabama. It's hard to get more southern than that!