Long ago in a faraway land, I entered college with plans to study archaeology, an interest I had since my first year of high school. However, I ended up majoring in journalism and for the next dozen years after graduating, I worked as a reporter and editor on various publications from weekly to daily newspapers. However, I never gave up my interest in ancient civilizations and between jobs and on vacations I explored archaeological sites in Mexico, Central and South America, Europe and North Africa. Those experiences would later come in handy when I wrote six original Indiana Jones novels as well as the adaptation of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade for LucasFilm and Bantam Books.
I turned to fulltime freelance writing after I met Trish (T.J.) MacGregor. We quit our jobs, got married and took off to South America – Chile and Ecuador. Back home, we wrote magazine articles and scratched out a living while working on novels. Within a couple of years, we were both published authors. After finishing my first novel, Crystal Skull, magic happened and I became part of the Indiana Jones saga. I adapted the script for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which became a New York Times bestseller, and went on to write half a dozen more Indiana Jones novels, all set in the 1920s.
After finishing my seventh Indy novel, I studied shamanism through the Four Winds Society. As a result, more magic happened and I wrote a young adult Native America mystery series, including: Prophecy Rock, which won the Edgar Allan Poe award for mystery writing in 1996 and Hawk Moon, which was a finalist for the same award the following year. Others in the series include Double Heart and Time Catcher.
I’ve published 20 novels and 18 non-fiction books. I’ve collaborated with George Lucas, Peter Benchley, and Billy Dee Williams. My non-fiction self-help books focus on exploration of the far reaches of the mind and body. They include several books on dreams and dream interpretation, synchronicity, developing psychic abilities, yoga and meditation. I've also taught yoga since 1994 and led workshops and classes in meditation.
In addition, I co-authored astrology books with Trish under the name Sydney Omarr for ten years. Sydney, who died in 2003, was the premier astrologer of the 20th century, and we were honored to continue his work.