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“Letter to Phoebe,” Bo’s first short story, was Finalist in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open competition. Subsequent awards include first prize in the Napa Valley College writing contest and Finalist in the Redwood Writers On the Edge genre competition.

His works have been published in The Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine, the annual California Writers Club Literary Review and the Jessamyn West Anthology. In addition to his fiction, Bo writes for Sonoma Discoveries magazine with a readership of 25,000.

An early lover of books, Bo somehow overlooked the coming-of-age story Catcher in the Rye. When he finally got to it, the classic became his writing epiphany. He wanted to write like J.D. Salinger. He wanted to be an older Holden. Using daily happenings for material, he began to write. He enrolled in a creative writing class at the local community college where he focused on short stories. Without appreciating the challenges of longer fiction, he signed on for a novel writing course. He recently finished the manuscript for his first novel Ashes in a Coconut.

Bo’s early career was in international finance with stints in Bahrain, Indonesia, and London. He now lives in the Sonoma, California wine country with his wife. In addition to writing, he is a beekeeper and nature lover. He regularly runs the trails in the regional parks. Bo is a docent at nearby Jack London Historic State Park where he enjoys taking visitors on hikes and talking about one of his favorite authors.

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