Welcome to D.B. Sayers, Author Unredacted.
Dirk’s path to authorship wasn’t quite an accident but almost. It wasn’t for lack of interest, so much as time and focus. His first career as a Marine officer took him many places, exposing him to different cultures, not to mention a few situations that produced what can only be moments of profound uncertainty and a tingling awareness of his own mortality.
After retiring and taking an eighteen month sabbatical to get his masters degree in Organizational Development, Dirk became a corporate trainer for a midsized manufacturer/ retailer in Orange County ,CA. He was working on his first novel when the financial collapse of 2008 resulted in his employer declaring Chapter 11 and cordially inviting him to leave and not return. While searching (unsuccessfully) for another training position, he decided to concentrate full-time on writing.
Four books later, Dirk is still at it, living in Laguna Niguel, writing editing and facilitating an author’s critique group. When he’s not working on some aspect of his authorial lifestyle, he can often be found puttering around in his garage woodworking. Time and resources permitting, winter often finds him at Mammoth enjoying waist deep powder.
West of Tomorrow
Fifteen years after leaving the Corps, retired Marine Colonel Clay Conover has a successful career and a long term plan. But the plans he’s made do not take into account the hiring of Sheera Prasad. Young, hungry and ambitious, she threatens to sidetrack not only his career but his life.
In the struggle that follows, Clay must choose between the ethical high road or the ambiguity of self-serving rationalization.
In this contemporary novel, Dirk combines 22 years’ experience as a Marine officer with his subsequent career in corporate America. West of Tomorrow is a story of corporate intrigue, betrayal, misplaced love and the phoenix living in all of us.
Fifty (50) percent of all the royalties earned from the sale of West of Tomorrow, print or electronic are donated to the Disabled American Veterans.
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Best Case Scenario: Act I of Nyra's Journey
“Isn’t hope in some form our best case scenario?”
More than a year out of college, Nyra’s beginning to wonder when her life gets started. Was it like this for her mother? She doubts it, but things were different, back then. Nyra’s reality is nothing like her mother’s.
Nyra gets that every generation faces its own challenges and she’s smart enough to know that it’s on her to overcome them. That’s why she’s worked two jobs all through college, studied so hard and tried not to worry too much about her mounting student loan debt.
Still, this feeling of wading through wet cement is getting old. Buried somewhere deep in the half-formed jumble of dreams for her future, Nyra hears the siren song of hope whispering to her. She’s so ready. But is the song she hears really hope or just hopeful illusion. Nyra would be lying if she claimed to know.
Fifty (50) percent of all royalties earned through the sale of Best Case Scenario, print or electronic are donated to Stand Up for Racial Justice.
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Through the Windshield: Drive-by Lives
Truth is a shapeshifter. Sometimes it slams into us, in a head-on collision, changing everything in an eyeblink. But more often, change arrives camouflaged in the ordinary, its significance becoming clear only upon reflection.
Sooner or later, we realize that we are at once our own jailers and the instruments of our own freedom, streaking toward a destiny lurking just beyond our headlights.
This anthology is a collection of Dirk’s short stories, some previously published, others released for the first time in this volume. Other stories are adapted from his longer fiction, as a kind of introduction to first-time readers.
Tier Zero, Volume I of the Knolan Cycle
Two bedrock articles of faith woven into much of science fiction writing chronicling hypothetical first contact between Earth and aliens are that we will necessarily know when it happens and that alien motives for that contact are likely to be malevolent.
In Tier Zero, Volume I of the Knolan Cycle, first contact between Earth and Knola happened over 30 years ago. For an even so profoundly impactful, it seems strange that the event has escaped everyone’s notice. But that’s what’s happened and life on Earth (or Kurrithaal as the Knolans call it) goes on in apparent blissful ignorance that anything significant has taken place.
As for Knolan motives in making contact in the first place? Let’s just say its…complicated.