I never aspired to be a writer, especially an author of a successful, by my standards anyway, historical fiction novel. I was the president of a Land Surveying firm in Sarasota Florida when I received the news that ultimately led me to writing articles for newspapers and newsletters. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease on June 11, 2001 and told I would live two to five years. I started writing after the fifth year. By that time I was no longer able to type using a traditional keyboard. I wrote my book, Living the Dream, wth the onscreen keyboard that comes with Windows operating systems, which is what I am using to write this. It is tedious and time consuming, but being ninety percent paralyzed, I have the time, it's the tedious part I struggle with. I am currently working on the second book or sequel to Living the Dream, titled, The Legend of the Golden Bell.