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Throughout my high school and college years I was fortunate to have a number of literature professors who planted the seeds that someday might sprout a novel or two.
After graduating from the University of California-Davis in 1970 I began a 30-year career in business insurance and risk management.
Now “retired,” I have the luxury to pursue that life-long dream of being a published author.
Over the years, I’ve dabbled in a number of genres and finally found the “it” that I enjoy and that employs my interests and experience.
For the past fifteen years I have been active in Church ministry. One ministry in particular married an interest in history (Roman imperial period) with the history of early Christianity. The overarching questions I often asked were: What was it like to be one of the first Christians? And, why would a “pagan” get involved with or practice this radically strange religion? How can we, twenty centuries later, relate?
Four years ago, I began this project—a series of historical-fiction novels I call Burnt Offerings—delving into this period of Roman and Christian history, entering the world, the culture, the lives of the first Christians and their Roman neighbors. A secondary purpose was to (re)introduce some of the important Christian figures who were so instrumental in promoting (evangelizing) and defining what Christianity was and would become.
My first book, The Peregrine’s Odyssey, begins our journey into this early period of our shared history of western civilization.
Christiani esse non licit “It is not lawful to be a Christian” From the time of Nero in the mid-first century, four words hung over the heads of every Christian for the first three centuries of the nascent Church of the Christos, the God-man. In 116 AD during the reign of the Emperor Trajan, Ignatius,… [Read More]
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