Ex college grad, military, and farm kid, I wrote the Biblical novel Martha’s Sister Beloved Prodigal. I revised it to Beloved Prodigal in 2018.
I grew up near the center of the United States in Lawrence, Kansas, and went to a one-room school called Knowledge Hill. (Yes. Really.)
After attending junior high and high school in “town” I graduated and joined the military, serving in both the Army and Air Force. Later, I attended the University of Kansas through the GI Bill, earning a degree in Advertising and Editorial Art with a miner in creative writing. The world considered me an old graduate at thirty. Youth ruled.
It broke my heart when KU closed the art school. You’ll find my records in the School of Architecture but ask me to design a house at your own risk.
Divorced, I supported my son by temping—everything from factory work to a week in the service of a US senator. It’s a great way to make a living if you don’t want to buy anything. Meanwhile, I searched for a job in my field. I didn’t look the part of a beginning artist in those days; a young man with a beard and a top age of twenty. A year and a half out of college, I found my first professional job.
My new birth in Christ: March 1985.
Beloved Prodigal is my first novel. In 2008 I compiled the book Escape from the Prison System, Finding the Narrow Door. It tells short stories of prisoner salvation—God’s miracles behind bars.