About Donald


How I began writing books

 After practicing law for 35-years in New York and loving almost every minute of it, I retired and moved with my wife Rose to South Carolina. Freed from the daily grind of an active law practice, I became an avid reader. That lead to my writing stories, which I did strictly for my own enjoyment and shared only with my wife. At the start, I wrote about what I knew, the law, New York City, and alcoholism. Eventually, Rose encouraged me to publish my stories, and surprisingly I’ve managed to publish a few books.  

Why I write

 I began writing to entertain myself, and because I do it for my own enjoyment and not for a living, the proceeds from The Broken Lawyer books have been donated to local charities. I don’t say that to brag, only to let those who bought those books know their money has gone to good causes. 

Rose and I have been long-time supporters of the Lowcountry Food Bank, here in South Carolina so naturally, they were the first charity we chose when “The Broken Lawyer” was published. So far thanks to you, we have donated over $40,000 and still going. You might want to visit the Food Bank’s website to see the good work they are doing.

When I published “A Murder Under the Bridge” which deals with a Vietnam  War Veteran, Rose, and I decided the money from that book should go to our veterans. In our hometown, The Veterans’ Welcome Home and  Resouce Center is doing great work for our vets, and they are receiving the proceeds from the book.


The proceeds from the third book in the series, "For One Man's Honor," are donated to Providence Home,  a  teen shelter that provides local youths, shelter and food, as well as  tending to their medical, emotional and spiritual needs. If you want to  learn more about this wonderful charity, visit its website at, www.providencehomenc.com

My background

 I graduated from Manhattan College and from Fordham University School of Law. Although I write about criminal law, I never practiced criminal law. My area of practice was civil litigation. I was born, educated and lived in or near New York City, until 2010 so I know a few things about the city. As for alcoholism, I know a few things about that too. While the Broken Lawyer books are not biographical,  I have drawn on many of my own life experiences when writing Jake Carney’s stories.