Ain't No Beauty Pagaent
News Flash: newborn babies are not beautiful (female variety) or handsome (the other kind). Sorry, but that's a fact of life.
Why have I been moved to reveal such fundamental truth? I am tired of being asked if my daughter's kid is beautiful (or the German equivalent that works for both genders: schoen--it should be an o with two little dots of top, but this ethnocentric computer won't do that). It takes time for a child to grow recognizable features (ie. a chin, final skull shape, open eyes, etc.) At that point, one can make an impartial judgement on physical beauty.
Ask me in a year...
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.