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About Me

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

However, I will say that as a child, the first line I ever wrote that actually utilized spelling was: "I have a cat with a question mark tail, she likes to ride on the monorail." 

I don't suppose my writing style has changed much since then. I enjoy random idiocy. With a point. Sort of. My earliest influence, literally, was Aristophanes, with Woody Allen and almost anything British just in with a shout.

As a songwriter I was lucky enough to have Harriet Schock tell me that I wasn't very good, but that I wrote a mean letter. She introduced me to the legendary Nik Venet, and between the two of them they turned me into a pretty damned good songwriter.

I later studied fiction and creative non-fiction under Bill Pippin from the Long Ridge Writers' Group. I've had pieces published in Jersey Devil Press; Short, Fast, and Deadly; and Flash Fiction Online. The story published in Flash Fiction, "The Baseball Glove", has been made mandatory reading at several high schools.

I would have to say the best advice anybody gave me was when my high school football coach pointed at me, looked me straight in the face and said, "Ledford, get off the field." Probably the second best piece of advice I got was, "Take the plea."

Between my books, songs, and short stories I have made enough money to enable me to keep my day job at the local Chevron, and tend to my dog, Huckleberry, cat, Rooster, and suckerfish, Suckerfish. Will that be all for you today?

Oh yeah. UP THE TOFFEES, Y !arriva mi LEON!