JL Callison

From an early age, prior to first grade, I’ve been a voracious reader. Frequently, I frustrated my teachers by completing the entire reading book the first week of school; then I would be bored while waiting for the class to catch up. By the end of third grade, I was reading on an eighth-grade level, devouring everything I could get my hands on. I liked the idea of writing stories, but I was never disciplined enough as a child to sit down and write. As I advanced in school, I was taught the classical method of writing a story by developing a plot, outlining it, making note cards for each scene, and organizing the story in detail before ever setting a pen to paper. I thought that was way too much work, and I lost interest in the story long before I ever figured out what I wanted to tell.

In college, I actually failed EN102, English Composition. There were a number of reasons for this, but that process of writing was a major part of it. Later on, as an adult, I wrote little stories and then threw them away without letting anyone see them. When I got into Louis L’Amour’s book about his writing process, I found out I’m really a “pantser,” one who sits down and writes beginning with the characters, allowing them tell the story. However, at the time, I frequently worked 60-80 hours a week and just did not have the time to write.

In 2013 I contracted the Guillain-Barré syndrome, and I now had time to start writing. I was tired of “looking at four walls,” and TV bored me.

The story line for Stranded at Romson’s Lodge had been in my head since the early ‘80s. I began writing the story, and the more I wrote, the more engrossed I became with the tale. I had no clue what I was doing, but my patient wife and Michele Israel Harper edited the story and made it readable. God put Terry Whalin of Morgan James Publishing across my path, and Morgan James published the book.

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