Gene McSweeney attended public schools in Portsmouth, Ohio, where he had little interest in the mainstream curriculum. He enjoyed writing at an early age and excelled in typing and shorthand in hopes of someday becoming a journalist.
Life got in the way of that goal and it was not until he was past forty that he became acquainted with Abraham Maslow’s philosophy of self-actualization which states that, “an individual must do what he individually is fitted for. A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write–in short, what people can be they must be.” Gene grew to believe that he was a natural storyteller without the education or writing skills to become self-actualized.
It was at this time of his life that he returned to college, earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate degree leading to becoming a professor focusing on interpersonal relationships. He later completed more than enough course hours to earn another master’s degree in creative writing.
Profound interpersonal relationships, the human condition, human rights, human values and the thin line between good and evil–are his areas of interest and the areas in which he will continue to write his stories for the sake of storytelling–whether or not his efforts ever bring financial gain.
Gene McSweeney is married and lives with his wife, Nancy, and two adopted cats in Northern Georgia. Visible Horizons is Dr. McSweeney’s first novel.