He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
He served as a jet engine mechanic in the Air Force, attained the rank of sergeant. Then he owned the Jim's Place Restaurant, Warner Robins, Georgia from 1981 until 1986. Since 1986 he has been a freelance writer, Winter Park, Florida. He has written numerous novels, children's books, short stories, and magazine articles. He has also ghostwritten novels for celebrities.
He is a member of Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers American.
He married Nancy Santos Bello on January 5, 1978. The couple has 2 children: Jason, Michael.