Long, long ago, when I started college, I planned to study archaeology, but ended up majoring in journalism. Over the next dozen years, I worked as a reporter and editor, but never gave up my interest in ancient civilizations. 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 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
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.
Our greatest creation is Megan, our daughter who graduated from New College of Florida in Sarasota with a degree in fine arts. She lives in Orlando where she's an artist working for paintnite.com and is writing her first novel. She also has her own dog-walking business, her day job.
In addition to my writing career, I've taught
yoga since 1994, and I also teach meditation classes.