Joseph Gatins for many years was a reporter and special projects editor with The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia. He put that experience to good use in researching and writing the non-fiction family biography, We Were Dancing on a Volcano: Bloodlines and Fault Lines of a Star-Crossed Atlanta Family, 1849-1989. Gatins grew up in Paris and Atlanta, and is bilingual in French. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an undergraduate degree in English and French. He served in Vietnam as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst during 1969-70, and awarded a Bronze Star for that service. He’s now retired to the mountains of north Georgia. Gatins is the first certified organic grower in Rabun County.
A richly illustrated, compelling saga and biography, this unsentimental social history tracks the adventures of more than five generations of families that made their mark on both Atlanta and Paris. The narrative highlights one grandmother's brave work with the French Resistance in World War II and her untiring efforts to successfully help her only son escape from Nazi prisoner of war camps.