I was raised on a farm in south Georgia and grew up to become a teacher at Central Georgia Technical College. I have been there for twenty years and now serve as the Director for Professional Development. I live in Warner Robins with my wife Amanda and three sons: Marshall, Lewis, and Eli. Marshall has gone on to graduate from Houston County High School and splits time between his mother's house and mine. He is working now but plans to save his money and get back into college and pursue Radiology.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Marshall's Story is about the near-fatal car wreck my oldest boy endured when he was 6. We spent 32 days in a hospital and 19 of those had him in a coma. But by Grace he survived - I would later find out just how close we had come to losing him. This is that story, told in the first half through narrative and the latter through the email updates I send from the hospital each day.
What is your writing process?
For Marshall's Story, it was therapy. I wrote when I could and I also recorded my voice on the way to graduate school then had students transcribe those to print, then edited that. I also write journal article things since I am in the education business and I also write some fiction that I have not yet had nerve enough to publish. In those cases, I get up early and write until about lunch then find something else to do. I do not like the marathon writing sessions -- did enough of that in college!
Thousands of students in middle school, high school, and college compete in speaking events every year through their student organizations. This guide will show students, parents, and advisers a way to successfully plan and win in these events! The events covered are public speaking, job interview, impromptu or extemporaneous speaking, team or individual presentations, and many others.
My young son had a near fatal car wreck that resulted in extensive brain surgery and 32 days in the hospital. The story involved my two hour drive to get to the hospital, the daily emails I was able to send on his miraculous recovery and physical therapy progress, and his revealing to me whom he had spoken with and how he was able to stay with us.