J. Arthur Moore is an educator with 42 years experience in public, private, and independent settings. He is also an amateur photographer and has illustrated his works with his own photographs. In addition to Journey into Darkness, a story in four parts, Mr. Moore has released the four-part series version of Journey into Darkness; and written Blake’s Story, Revenge and Forgiveness, “Heir to Balmawr”, a drama for his fifth grade students; a number of short pieces and short stories. His latest release, just prior to Blake’s Story, is an earlier novel titled Summer of Two Worlds, set in Montana Territory in the summer of 1882.
A graduate of Jenkintown High School, just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he attended West Chester State College, currently West Chester University. Upon graduation, he joined the Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, where he met his wife to be, a widow with four children. Once discharged from the service, he moved to Coatesville, Pennsylvania, began his teaching career, married and brought his new family to live in a 300-year-old farm house in which the children grew up and married, went their own ways, raised their families to become grandparents themselves. Retiring after a 42-year career, Mr. Moore has moved to the farming country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he plans to enjoy the generations of family, time with his model railroad, and time to guide his writings into a new life through publication. It also allows for the opportunity to participate in a local model railroad club as well as time for traveling to Civil War events and presenting at various organizations and events about the boys who were part of that war. He also shares the process of writing and readings from his work, and does book signings at a variety of locations.
Bryson Blake Brodzinski just finished his fifth grade year at Orchard Park Elementary School in Fort Mill, South Carolina. He is also an avid and talented soccer player with heavy schedules taking him to many games and tournaments. This year he received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award at his fifth grade awards assembly. On April 3, 2013, 10-year-old Bryson asked his great grandfather if he would write a story that he would be in and be able to help create. Pictures were taken and main character names were identified, and Bryson wrote a prologue and opening lines. His school and soccer schedules and distance between Fort Mill, South Carolina and Narvon, Pennsylvania, interfered with any further progress. In February of 2014, Moore went to his great-grandson’s for his 11th birthday, and they worked to get the story started. Bryson created the plot outline in a word document and wrote the opening letter for the story. A photo session took place at Historic Brattonsville Plantation in South Carolina. The two agreed that Moore would use Bryson’s plot and existing writing to research and create the story, sending pieces by email as they were written, for Bryson to review. Photographs of Bryson would represent the main character, Blake Bradford. Thus began Blake’s Story, Revenge and Forgiveness.
It is now August-September 2015 and Bryson, now twelve, has started a new school year in the seventh grade at Banks Trail Middle School, Fort Mill, South Carolina. This past summer he was up to visit his great grandfather and had the opportunity to meet most of the other boys who are in the photography of Blake’s Story. He still plays soccer and continues to have a heavy commitment schedule.
event travel note:- Travel over a radius of 100 miles from King’s Mountain, North Carolina, to multiple events over a period of a week could be arranged and coordinated with a visit to family in the King’s Mountain area.
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