Bio: Denzel grew up in Sheffield, Texas, on the Pecos River, strictly dry ranching country. He says if you didn‚??t love the land, there wasn‚??t much else to love there. Yet, he found love, and married his high school sweetheart, Margie, two years after leaving school.
They both worked to finish his college education in business administration. Always, his best grades and greatest accolades came from English and history studies. Teachers and friends encouraged him to write. Only after a 31 year career as an auditor with the Federal Government did he take up writing seriously.
In his early rural setting he learned to drive a car at age eleven, doing all his mother‚??s shopping by age twelve and on. The huge ranches of West Texas afforded freedoms not known by modern kids: taking a .22 rifle and roaming the rugged mesas all day; swimming in windmill-filled stock tanks or the Pecos River; riding horseback on sheep roundups. His greatest pleasures came from watching fourteen cent Western movies and reading Zane Grey. Family lore about his great grandfather (1846-1932) gave him the nucleus for his first novel.
Though not a cowboy, most of his friends were. He was mentored by an uncle, Paul Patterson, who also mentored Elmer Kelton. His dad had a flare for writing and a superb memory. Thus encouraged, he struck the keyboard. This novel represents half of its original form. From that beginning, he got sidetracked and, with a partner, wrote and published a novel, TEXAS VICTORY, which saw regional success in the German populated Hill Country of Texas.
Back to his first love, HORSE THIEF, and taking the advice of many experts in writing and publishing, he ‚??roped and hog-tied‚?? a fast reading, action packed story set in a time and place not closely covered by other writings.
His hobbies include deer hunting and fishing, civic endeavors, and daily walks with his love of 48 years, Margie. He makes his retirement home in Belton, Texas, where he is active in church. Their two daughters, sons-in-law, and four grandsons live close and give great pleasure and love to the family.