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About R.S. Craig

My friends call me Steve, my middle name. I hope I can make you a friend and that I can entertain you with some great stories that reflect a lifetime of experience and imagination.


A Blessed Life

My life has taken several turns over the years, some of them right, some of them wrong. Whichever way I turned I always learned from it and wrote about it. A couple of times I found myself in the middle of history in the making. In 1967 I was assigned to the U.S. Army Public Information Office at Long Binh, South Vietnam. I traveled the country and interviewed the troops from the DMZ to the Mekong River Delta. In 1968 I finished my last year in the army in San Francisco surrounded by street riots and protests against the Vietnam War and the American military in general. It was a sad year for America, one that I am just now able to write about from the long telescope of hindsight.

After the army I got involved in a study group that explored the paranormal—hypnosis, prenatal regression, spirit channeling, and reincarnation. I will never forget the people in that group. I have written about them in my second novel, The Innocent And The Dead.


My Life Now

The best turn in my life came when I married Joyce Ann Messmore on January 8, 1972. Life has been sweet ever since. In January 2010 we volunteered to mentor elementary school children in Plainfield, Indiana. We have worked with some great kids, some of them mature far beyond their years, some of them with family issues that broke our hearts. I hope they all learned a lot from us. We have certainly learned a lot from them and thir teachers.


My Friends The Writers

In 2002 I took over as head of the Avon Writers Group. We publish an anthology of poetry, short stories, personal memoirs, and essays. It’s called Derivatives of Finn, and the little journal comes out at the end of every year. We got its name from something Ernest Hemingway said, “All modern American fiction is derived from one book written by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” Check out the events tab to see the time, dates, and location of our group. If you live in the Indianapolis area and love to write, we would be glad to have you join us. 

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My friends call me Steve, my middle name. I hope I can make you a friend and that I can entertain you with some great stories that reflect a lifetime of experience and imagination.

A Blessed Life

My life has taken several turns over the years, some of them right, some of them wrong. Whichever way I turned I always learned from it and wrote about it. A couple of times I found myself in the middle of history in the making. In 1967 I was assigned to the U.S. Army Public Information Office at Long Binh, South Vietnam. I traveled the country and interviewed the troops from the DMZ to the Mekong River Delta. In 1968 I finished my last year in the Army in San Francisco surrounded by street riots and protests against the Vietnam War and the American military in general. It was a sad year for America, one that I am just now able to write about from the long telescope of hindsight.

After the army I got involved in a study group that explored the paranormal—hypnosis, prenatal regression, spirit channeling, and reincarnation. I will never forget the people in that group. I have written about them in my second novel, The Innocent And The Dead.

My Life Now

The best turn in my life came when I married Joyce Ann Messmore on January 8, 1972. Life has been sweet ever since. Life got even sweeter when our son Darren arrived on October 28, 1973. In January 2010 after I retired, Joyce and I volunteered to mentor elementary school children at Clarks Creek Elementary School in Plainfield, Indiana. We have worked with some great kids, some of them mature far beyond their years, some of them with family issues that broke our hearts. We also volunteer to help kids and teachers at White Oak Elementary in Avon, Indiana. I hope they all learned a lot from us. We have certainly learned a lot from them and their teachers.

My Friends The Writers

In 2002 I took over as head of the Avon Writers Group. We publish an anthology of poetry, short stories, personal memoirs, and essays. It’s called "Derivatives of Finn", and the little journal comes out at the end of every year. We got its name from something Ernest Hemingway said, “All modern American fiction is derived from one book written by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.”  If you live in the Indianapolis area and love to write, we would be glad to have you join us. 

The Avon Writers Group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 10:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Avon Public Library located at 498 N. State Road 267 in Avon. That's just north of the intersection with Rockville Road or U.S. Highway 36 on the West side of the road. For further details go to my contact page and E-mail me. 

We are currently in a state of flux with our location. The Avon Library is undergoing remodeling, and we are meeting in a private home during the months of November, December, and January. From February to June we will meet at the Plainfield Library located at the corner of Simmons and Stafford Road. Meeting times are still 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month.


Click on the link below for a very nice article by Stephanie Dolan of The Hendricks County Flyer.


http://www.flyergroup.com/news/lifestyles/local-author-releases-fourth-book/article_0c88b7c4-e5a8-53db-8123-a15ec7ed3903.html



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