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I was born in Manassas, Virginia, in 1955, grew up in Union, South Carolina, and have lived in North Carolina for over twenty-five years. I am a Lecturer in Religious Studies at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. I have been a student of religion for 35 years and a NASCAR fan since attending my first race, the Rebel 400 at Darlington Raceway, in 1965. My book, Godspeed: Racing Is My Religion, has just been published by Continuum Books. A chapter of Godspeed originally appeared in the Hillsborough Historical Society Journal online under the title, “Racing vs. Religion: A Brief History of Occoneechee Speedway.” For several years, while finishing an as-yet unpublished novel, Union, I was a contributing writer for the award-winning newspaper, TheIndependent Weekly, where portions of Godspeed first appeared. An excerpt from the novel was printed in the Raleigh, North Carolina News & Observer. Two of my short stories have appeared in Old Hickory Review and another in Blind Iguanapress. My story, "The Whining," earned second prize in the 1993 North Carolina Writers' Network Fiction Competition, and my essay, "The Reflecting Eye," won the grand prize in the 2001 North Carolina Writers' Network Writers' Competition.

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