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Growing up as a child, I was raised on a farm under the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains, where I found a true love of animals and the great outdoors. Unlike most farms, we had a wide variety of farm animals, from cows, horses and mules, to chickens, turkeys and pigs. One of my favorite past times, when I wasn’t doing chores around the farm, was to go to the woods on our property and cut a large grape vine and swing out over the deep hollows.
Living in the small community of Greeneville, TN, I was influenced by the wide range of Historical events as well as the stories of the older folk that I enjoyed to spend time with. It was their stories that made me want to become a writer. One of my favorite television shows growing up was the “Waltons”, not just the stories of John Boy and the rest of his family but at the ending of each episode, by the reading of Earl Hamner in which the series was based on his writing. Not just his calm voice, but also the power of the words he used moved my heart closer to family and friends.
After suffering a devastating injury in 1999, my wife and I lost everything we had worked so hard to obtain. It left me with no choice but to retrain for something else because I was unable to do the work I had grown up doing. I graduated from a trade school where I also landed the job as teacher of the Graphic Arts department. I have been very fortunate to spend the last thirteen years as the instructor.
After writing several short stories and other uncompleted works I decided it was time to jump into the deep end of the pool and write my first book, “The Burton Chronicles: Skillie”, and after several years of dealing with the fear of releasing the book I finally broke down and made it in print. Book two of the series, “The Burton Chronicles: The Guardians” is almost ready for print and online digital publishing.
I would like to thank Smashwords, for their help in making my dreams come true and I hope I will have a successful partnership with them for the foreseeable future.
Gordan Elvis Graham