Books and Articles
I’ve been a writer longer than I’ve been a photographer. I tried my hand at non-fiction, and right out of the gate I sold a series of articles to a pulp magazine called “Lost Treasure“, real-life adventures from my days as a renegade archaeologist in the wilds of Colombia. Those were some good stories (see links below), but I had a limited pool of material, since I only lived that admittedly dangerous life for a couple of years. When I ran out of personal lost treasure stories (their main qualifier: the treasure had to still be lost!), I elected to start writing fiction. Everyone thinks they can write a novel, but it takes a lot more than the application of pen to paper, or fingers to a keyboard, stringing words together to fill pages. A good writer of fiction can take those words and weave an entire world, peopled with characters as real as any person who has ever lived, and they can create a tale so compelling that readers will keep turning those pages until the tale is told, and they’ll still be hungry for more. Those skills are not easy to come by. I spent ten years writing my first novel, Chivor, which is actually volume one of a planned trilogy. It’s available as an eBook in all major formats from the publisher, Smashwords.com, as well as from:
A distribution deal with Amazon is still pending. In the meantime, a .mobi version of the book, which is compatible with Kindle devices, can be downloaded from Smashwords.
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- The oldest, most infamous emerald mine in Colombia, located in the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes,northeast of the city of Bogotá. Source of the world’s largest, most perfect gemstones.
- A novel by Richard Quinn, set in the heart of the violence-plagued emerald zone, at the raging height of the Colombian drug wars.
Click on the cover, below, and you’ll be taken directly to my page on the Smashwords site, where you can buy your own e-copy of Chivor for a buck. For ten years of work? That’s pretty cheap!
John examined the specimen, then dipped it in the water and scrubbed it with his fingertips before giving it a few gentle taps with his rock hammer, knocking off a thick crust of sediment. He washed it one more time, then cradled it in his palms, extending it toward them like an offering. With the silt cleaned off, the true nature of the lump was revealed. Reflecting the glow of their flashlights was a six-sided crystal, three inches long and two inches across, of a pure, fiery green that rivaled the color of Rosie’s eyes. An emerald. A flawless, perfect emerald that weighed, bare minimum, a half a pound.
“A Simple Misunderstanding” is a short story I wrote many years ago, and the character, Paul, is based on a real guy I used to know. I’m not going to pretend that it’s GREAT, but it’s not bad, and it’s available for free at Smashwords (and iTunes, and Barnes and Noble etc.).
Click the cover, below, and go straight to it:
Paul O’Shaughnessy is an American con man on the run from the FBI, hiding out in Bogotá, the Colombian capital. He’s running his latest scam from a bar stool in the lounge at the Hotel Tequendama, and when he finally gets a fish on his line, he reels in a pocketful of hot emeralds, and a lot more trouble than he bargained for.
Hérítage, a catalog of ancient art from the South American Republic of Colombia, with original photographs and descriptive text:
Click the cover below:
Click on the magazine covers (below) to open .pdf versions of my original articles from Lost Treasure magazine:.
Lost Tombs of the Andes, published in September of 1978.
Ancient Treasures of the Colombian Jungle, published in November, 1978
Indian Gold at Concha Bay, published in May, 1979
Many thanks to Lee Harris, current publisher of Lost Treasure Magazine, for granting me permission to post these old nuggets. If you’re interested in treasure hunting as a hobby, check out the Lost Treasure website (the logo is a link):
More books and articles will be added over time, including the sequel to Chivor, titled Guajira, which is well underway, and should be available soon.