My childhood and teen years were in Oakland, MD among the Amish there. When I was 20, I left the Amish and joined the Mennonites, where I met my wife Karen Anderson from CA. I was a teacher in Christian schools for Mennonites for 23 years. We have 5 children, all married now and currently have 8 grandchildren. I have been writing books for 11 years and I travel all over the world to get information for my books. Although I enjoy traveling, vacation for me is to be at home in our little town of Spruce Pine, a friendly community in the mountains of NC, close to the Blue Ridge Parkway.