Virgil Alexander Biography
I'm a native of Arizona, born in Gila County, near the delightful towns of Globe and Miami. I spent my childhood outside playing, roaming the hills, riding horses, shooting, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and working; and inside reading. My second home was the Miami Library, or the Old Dominion Library in Globe. Because it was low cost all our vacations were camping vacations, all over Arizona. My parents particularly liked the Verde River, so at least once a year we camped a couple of weeks south of Camp Verde; Mom and Dad would later retire across the river from where we camped. Gila County was my home for nearly fifty years (with occasional, short gaps of living in Thatcher, Phoenix, Yuma, and Eastern Canada).
I worked for 42 years for a major international mining company, the last sixteen in the corporate headquarters in Tempe and Phoenix; during that time I travelled extensively to mines and operations in Arizona and New Mexico, throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, and visited operations in Britain and Holland. For most of my career my work and volunteer service has involved writing. I have written reports, proposals, standard operating procedures, technical manuals, training manuals and aids, and newsletters. On my own time I wrote newspaper articles, poetry, short stories, and lectures and papers on lab and field research. I taught both academic and vocational community college classes in Instrumentation, Robotics, Business Management, and Public Speaking.
My family had horses and raised livestock. I love the outdoors, history, travel, restaurants, researching, writing, my wife/best friend, my children, and grandchildren, and great-granddaughter. I enjoy the American southwest and Arizona in particular. You will find in my writing the southwest is like a leading character.
My first novel, The Wham Curse, is in part based on the historic 1889 Wham Payroll Robbery, allowing me to tie my love of history to my love of creative writing. I have also authored three sequel novels, Saints & Sinners, The Baleful Owl, and as of January 2019, Murder in Copper published by Aakenbaaken & Kent. The same publisher has republished my first three books in a second edition and branded them along with Murder in Copper, as the Deputy Allred & Apache Officer Victor Series: All are available in bookstores and on-line. I have been working on a ranch history of Gila County, Arizona for about ten years and am aiming to publish volume one sometime before I leave this earthly sphere. I am proud that Saints & Sinners won an award from the Public Safety Writers Association.
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