I am a TV producer with the Christian Broadcasting Network, as well as a blogger, an author, and screenwriter. I received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Memphis, an MA in literature from Tennessee State University, and a BA in communications from Mount Union College.
I am the author or editor of four books: The Music City Reader (2005), The Country Music Reader, with Rosanne Cash (2007), Chicken Soup for the Soul: Country Music edition (2011), and Disposable Thoughts: Essays on Reading, Writing, and Relationships (2016).
I have also worked an a college writing professor and freelance entertainment writer. I have written over 300 articles and essays which have been published in over two dozen academic and popular culture periodicals, including The Washington Post, Country Weekly, Bluegrass Unlimited, The Nashville Business Journal, Southern Cultures (University of North Carolina), The Pinch (University of Memphis) Southern Crossroads (Mercer University) and others.
I am also the author of four screenplays. One of these, Shooting Star, is based on the highest scoring college basketball player of all time Bevo Francis, who scored over 100 points twice in the 1950s. Another is a faith-based comedy, Hit Me, which has been optioned and hopefully will go into production in 2018.
I live in the greatest city on earth, Nashville, Tennessee, with my wife Clare and daughter Abigail.