Joined 9 years ago from Asheville, NC
Daniel came into this world on a cold and bitter December night in 1963, on the banks of the Ohio River, the third of four children born to Maurice and Sarah Neff. After spending the first eleven years of his life in Northern Kentucky, Daniel began a nomadic journey that continues to this day.
Oklahoma, the land of tornadoes and endless horizons, was the first stop, where his family stayed for four years. Then it was on to New Jersey. The Neff family moved into a charming ranch style home in the woods the same year gambling was approved in the Garden State, but not before spending a month in a hotel on the beach in Ventnor (in the dead of winter). The kids enjoyed the uncrowded beach and boardwalk until it was time to move into the house that was located farther inland. After high school and some college and a couple of odd jobs, Daniel enlisted in the Air Force as an air traffic controller. His training and assignments took him to San Antonio, TX; Biloxi, MS; and Altus AFB, Altus, OK (of course you've never heard of Altus). Upon completion of his enlistment, a one year employment with the FAA took him to Longmont, CO (just outside of Denver). Daniel enjoyed the soaring peaks and champagne powder of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Next, Daniel moved on to Georgia, where he experienced several more diverse career fields designed to color his experience to develop his writing style (facetiousness intended).
Although Daniel was raised in a Christian home, he strayed from his faith during his teen years. He returned to that faith in his twenties: a faith that would be integral to his successful battle with "terminal" cancer.
In 1996, Daniel met his lovely wife Linda. They married later that year and lived in her hometown, Andalusia, AL (another place you've probably never heard of) for as long as Daniel could stand it (almost a whole month). After a year and a half, Daniel and Linda moved from Mayberry to Jacksonville, FL. During their four and a half year stay there, Daniel II was born, and a year later Daniel (senior) was diagnosed with cancer. Following a harrowing experience during which Daniel (senior) almost died, the Neffs packed up and headed to Maine, after an eight month stop in Ohio, to pursue their calling to work with troubled teenagers. They spent four years in the beautiful Pine Tree state, unwinding from the stress of dealing with agitated adolescents by taking in the rocky coast and scenic mountains and driving around looking for moose (mooses, meese, meeses?).
Daniel and Linda retired from working with kids in trouble (or so they thought: unbeknownst to them they were just on a two year break) and moved from Maine to Kentucky, specifically Lexington, the heart of Bluegrass Country. Horse farms everywhere you turn and rolling hills of waving fields of blue grass. Unable to secure meaningful, long-term employment in Kentucky, In the fall of 2008 they took a job as houseparents at a group home in North Carolina, the FINAL episode in their tenure in that industry.
In November of 2009, two days before Thanksgiving, Daniel and Linda found themselves suddenly and inexplicably unemployed. At Linda's prodding, Daniel took the opportunity to finally set out to do something he had wanted to do for nearly nine years – start a rock-and-roll band. LOL
Seriously, ever since his recovery from “terminal” cancer began in the summer of 2001, Daniel wanted to write a book about his experience. There are far too many details to list here (you can find it all in the book, “God Said Not Yet!”) but suffice to say it was a miraculous journey. He completed and self-published the book in six months, and discovered he enjoyed the writing process so much that he finally knew what he wanted to be when he grew up – a writer.
Now he just had to grow up.
Daniel has since written and self-published a fiction novel, “Donovan's Island,” a novella titled "When You Die in Your Dreams," and is nearing completion on a second fiction novel, "The Mystery of Lake Clandestine." He has several other book projects in production.
Daniel currently lives in western North Carolina with his wife Linda, their son Daniel, and their Golden Retriever Johnny Bud.
Wow, his life would make a good novel! Hmm, that gives me an idea.
When You Die in Your Dreams is currently only available for Kindle
Daniel's other two books are available on Amazon, both in print and Kindle
God Said Not Yet!
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