Robert M. Neff

Biography

I have more than 30,000 hours in front of classes, congregations, and conferences. As a Senior Instructor in the Marine Corps I taught Advanced Electronics, Mathematics, Management, and Survival Techniques. I have taught Adult Sunday School, Preached and brought Special Music for over 50 years.
My working life began at age 10 when, across two summers, by myself, using only rudimentary hand tools, I turned 5 acres of forest into a fertile family garden.
While still living at home I shared my bedroom with Strays, Scoundrels, Sots, Soldiers, Scholars, and Saints. I learned something positive from each of them.
Culver Military Academy and Wheaton formed the foundation of my education.
I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1953 and 'took my pack off' in 1982.
I was a Senior Technical Writer/Instructor at Grumman Aircraft writing manuals for communications, navigational aids, counter/counter-counter measures, target acquisition radar, and all weapon delivery systems.
I have owned my own business ans Managed a Christian Book Store.
I worked 40 hour weeks until I turned 77 years old.
I have some stories to tell. Are you ready to hear/read them?

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
First, I want to thank you for your compliment. I am still growing and I hope the direction is 'up'.
My formative years were spent in Northern Minnesota, well north of Duluth. I arrived with my parents at the age of 5 and left for school at the age of 14.
The schools were well-funded due to the Iron Mines that surrounded us. The education we received was supposedly superior but I was a student getting that information from teachers, Principals, and Superintendents.
My home life was severe both in expectations and in punishments. Punishment was usually the result of not living-up to expectations (which were almost always 15 to 25 years beyond me).
I became an intelligent survivor who was physically and emotionally fit, and was crushed only with great difficulty.
I learned to think, observe, experiment, and dream, all of which contributed to my writing skills.
Are you an avid reader?
No. Not in the sense implied by the expression.
I clearly remember, back when I was 8 or 9 years old, I noticed that all books, radio programs, plays, and movies (we had no television then) were about people "doing life".
I did not shut out reading or listening but I determined to be an "avid liver".
By implication, many of the most highly recognized authors, teachers, agents, and publishers consider this approach to diminish my skills as a writer.
However, while they were learning how to turn a phrase, I was turning someone's life around. While they were enhancing the despicable actions of the town drunk, I was actively straightening-out a drug addict, keeping him in the Marine Corps, and I now marvel at his ministry in Washington.
All has not been roses. Two divorces, homelessness, being so low and down that the only positive move I could think of was to return to active duty. That would increase the number of servicemen by one (1) and that, in turn, would make America a tiny bit safer.
Though I am not "well read", I am the character written about, but, I am the only person who can write the story in 'first person'.
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Books

Satan's Claws
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,810. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Theology
The Scriptures are filled with the effects on us humans by Satan's claws. My own life experiences seem to be, frequently, in direct conflict with what God would have me do. Always subtle, always seemingly insignificant, always appealing, always deadly, always regretted, and, yes, always avoidable with God' help. This book is an attempt to use God's word as an ultimate defense.
Down From A Weird duck
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,830. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This collection of "Memories, Mirth and Messages" is presented as 'leakage' from an old warrior's brain. It is hoped that it is both entertaining and thought provoking. From a dog in Minnesota to an axe in Arizons; From a fire in Japan to a Storm in Galilee; From painting to waiting; From a dance to a parrot in church, You will find it, and more, here. Please enjoy and share.
Imperflections
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,170. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Imperflections is Auto-biograghical in nature written as Creative non-fiction. Beginning with my turning 5 acres of forest into a fertile family garden while I was 10 and 11 years old. At age 12 I was literally raising a 35 year-old alcoholic. Summer School and my Plebe year at Culver Military Academy complete 6 years in my rear-view mirror.

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