When I was five, my parents took my siblings and me on a grand adventure. The journey led us from California through Arkansas onto weeks of miles on the Appalachian Trail and ultimately into Francoist Spain, where we lived as Spaniards for five years. We returned to the Ozarks in 1976, where I felt more a foreigner than I ever did as an American in Spain. These experiences and perspectives have been a major source of inspiration for my writing. I have been a bi-vocational pastor for the past 30 years, ministering in churches large and small while working as a government contractor and in the recycling industry. I currently live in Chesapeake, Virginia with my wife, Heidi, and four of our children.