Life started for me in a south Louisiana lumber mill settlement in the Atchafalaya Basin. When I was ten years old the mill closed its doors, and my family moved to Livingston Parish. While a part of my heart will always be in Louisiana, my wife, Dolores, and I now live in the beautiful State of Tennessee. We spent at least a year searching for the perfect place. When we found the Tennessee property, with a tobacco barn we could convert to a home, a beautiful holler and a cave, well we knew we were home. Some people are born to write and tell stories, inspired by places like the swamps of Louisiana and the hills of Tennessee, and are aware of the desire at an early age. Those individuals seem to be blessed with a special gift. Others, like me, wait for years to take up a pen and start to write. At the age of seventy-five I was encouraged by my family to write a story after telling them about one of my dreams. My wife and daughters were fascinated by the people, places and details in my dream and thought it was a story to be shared. I struggled with the first few chapters and wanted to give up the effort as a lost cause. Not being one to give up on a task because it's difficult (some may call that stubbornness), I muddled through and as I did, I began to enjoy this new found thing in my life - writing! I finished writing my first story in six months and the second in even less time. Writing has become a part of my daily routine, and my mind is filled with stories I want to tell.