I’ve led a colorful life, fueling my imagination for telling stories, fables, fabrications and fiction.
I was born in Bakersfield California and abandoned by my parents in Seattle, Washington. After living in the foster care system for some years, I was eventually adopted.
I’ve lived in Idaho, Washington, California, Virginia, and now make my home in Texas. My wife, Lora and I have four grown children of whom we are justifiably proud, not because we were such good parents, but because God is good.
I’ve written several books of Historical Fiction/Westerns and an illustrated book on the training of horses, in addition to authoring and/or contributing to numerous technical manuals and articles in various publications and periodicals.
As a horse trainer and clinician (I trained performance horses for twenty five years), I had occasion to travel extensively and I’ve been blessed to work with a variety of horses and people in amazing circumstances and locations. I’ve herded cattle in Texas, chased kangaroos on horseback through the Australian Outback, guided pack-trips into the high Sierras and the Colorado Rockies, conditioned and trained thoroughbred race horses, galloped a warmblood on the bank of a canal that was surveyed by George Washington, and spent uncounted, delightful hours breaking bread with unique characters in diverse parts of the world.
At one (brief) point I was one of the 3% of fine visual artists who earned their entire income from sales of their art. I’m a painter and sculptor. Most years, my family was subjected to living with a guy who was part of the 97% of starving artists, or those who have to earn their income in some other way. I'm a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Western Writers of America.
Under the name Daniel Roland Banks I write contemporary Thrillers. In 2013, after 40+ years of searching, I found and got reacquainted with my half-brother and a host of relatives from my mother’s side of the family. I can’t sing or dance, but I’d like to think I’m considered an accomplished horseman, an engaging public speaker and an excellent judge of single malt Scotch.