About the Author

Elmer Near the Chesapeake Bay

I was born and raised along the Chesapeake Bay in southeast Virginia.  When I was growing up, the cemetery behind my house was my playground.  The metaphorical theme of death and rebirth that figures prominently in my novels is probably influenced in some way by the time that my mother heard, through the screened window, a small voice crying for help.  Rushing from the house and through the yard, she discovered her all-too-curious six-year-old son at the bottom of a freshly dug grave.  In that moment, I discovered that trouble is much easier to get into than it is to get out of.  Sometimes we need help getting out of the hole that we jump into willingly.

I am very blessed to have a large blended family.  I’m also the reluctant servant of two crazy dogs, a Cocker Spaniel and a BruMaltChiYorkie (don’t ask).  All of these strongly influence the characters and events in my writing; however, my beautiful wife, Mitzi, is the true inspiration for the tenderhearted but determined women in my stories.

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