Though he holds degrees in theology and philosophy, Brian makes his living as a project manager in construction. He lives with his wife and their three children in Charlottesville, Virginia. He writes at www.engineeringphilosophy.com
Describe your desk
My desk is completely cluttered with stuff -- bills, mail, papers! So, I usually end up writing at the little table in my study. The desk itself, though, is quite nice: It was my wife's grandmother's before it came to us.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a son of the South, having grown up in Albany -- a town in Southwest Georgia. The milieu of my hometown, its people and locales, their aspirations and anxieties, their convictions and prejudices, certainly percolates through my first book -- a memoir told through parable.
This little memoir recounts the author's spiritual journey from a deeply conservative Christianity to a Beautiful Orthodoxy. It relates his intellectual history, a long and winding path from parochialism to a Life of the Mind that he prays is well-thought, robust, nuanced, and tolerant. It tells of his struggle with mental illness. And it gives glimpses of lovely people in his life.