Raymond L. Atkins resides in north Georgia with his wife. They live in a 110-year-old house that they have restored themselves and have four grown children who drop by from time to time. Raymond has had a variety of occupations during the past 35 years, but now that the children are grown, he is pursuing his lifelong ambition of being a novelist and writer. His hobbies include reading, travel, and working on the house. His short stories have been published in Christmas Stories from Georgia, Christmas Through a Child's Eyes, The Lavender Mountain Anthology, The Blood and Fire Review, The Old Red Kimono, Long Island Woman, and Savannah Magazine. His humorous columns appear regularly in The Rome News-Tribune, Purple Pros, and Memphis Downtowner Magazine. He is a contributing editor to both Maintenance Technology Magazine and Lubrication Management and Technology. He is a regular contributor to the National Creative Society newsletter. His first novel—The Front Porch Prophet—was published by Medallion Press in June of 2008 and is available at your favorite bookseller. His second novel—Sorrow Wood—will be published by Medallion Press in August of 2009.