I began my writing career after I met Silvia Tarneceriu in 1997 while we were in Ukraine. Her story captivated me and I plunged into writing it as she told it to me. After that,I was thrown into a whirlwind of ideas for other books and began meeting with people from all over the world and listening to their life stories and then writing biographies and short stories from those interviews. I was Amish until I was 19 years old and then after several turbulent years of searching to find something to answer the restlessness of my heart, I responded at a youth rally for counseling and POW, Jesus came into my life with rush of passion! I met Karen Anderson at Faith Mission Home, VA where we both worked and yep, we got married in 1974. Then, I began my career as a school teacher in Mennonite schools, moving from one community to another. I taught for 24 years in five different locations. In 2000, we moved to the mountains of North Carolina, where Karen and I still live in the small, friendly town of Spruce Pine. Five children, all married to equally fine spouses, and nine grandchildren make our annual Thanksgiving Day homecomings quite lively.