First, I was born on British soil and raised in Hereford, a city in the west of the West Midlands, close to the Welsh border. My formative education was at Marlbrook County Primary School, and my secondary education was at Hereford Cathedral School (1981-1988 for any fellow Old Herefordians who might want to get in touch). I went to University in Hull on the north-east coast of England, met my wife, married, and moved to the States. I’ve been living in North Carolina ever since. In 2004 I became a naturalized US citizen, but I still crave Hobnobs, Double Deckers, Jammie Dodgers, Ovaltine, and a decent cup of tea. My day job is in IT, we have six kids (some of whom are still technically “kids”), and we homeschool.
I like to read. A lot. Fiction and non-fiction. My fiction tastes run the gamut from Marissa Meyers’ “Lunar Chronicles” series, to Gary Corby’s “Athenian Mysteries” series, to Sherlock Holmes, to Stephen King, to Dickens, to the Brontés. I’m particularly partial to mysteries and suspense, and I’ll even take some fantasy and sci-fi, too. All said and done, if it’s a good story and keeps me engaged, I’ll give it a try.
On the non-fiction front my particular interests are theology and history. My specific fields of study are Biblical Studies, Biblical Languages, and Church History. On the history side, the British Monarchy has been a fascination of mine since I was eight years old, and that fascination continues. But I can bear to hear about most historical subjects, especially since I’ve come to appreciate more how much our world has been shaped by past events–and not always in the most obvious ways.
I enjoy writing a lot too, fiction and non-fiction. I’ve written a few unpublished novels, novellas, and short stories, and I hope one day to gain the attention of an agent and a publisher and see my work in print. I tend to write what I like to read (i.e., mystery, suspense, things with a historical bent). You’ll find some of my short stories and flash fiction on the blog if you’re interested. My non-fiction writing is mostly of a theological nature (see below).
I grew up with music, and it has always been an integral part of my life. I’m a self-taught musician and play piano, guitar (six-string and bass), and recorder. I’ve been playing since my early teens and continue to play as often as I can. My musical interests are wide (Bach, Debussy, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Keith Green, Joe Jackson, Phil Keaggy, ELO, Queen…)–if there’s a good tune and it engages my ears, I’ll listen.
I am a Christian (Reformed Baptist), and a member of Christ Presbyterian Church which, without bias on my part, is the best church in the area. I teach Sunday School and play in the band when called upon. I have a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Hull and an M.Div. from Columbia Evangelical Seminary. I’ve posted some papers on Biblical/Theological topics on the blog (see the “Theology” tab), and I’ll post on theological issues from time to time, including notes from the Sunday School classes I teach.
I’ve been a Doctor Who fan since before I can remember (earliest TV memory: the Third Doctor regenerating into the Fourth). I don’t watch a lot of TV these days but I enjoy Sherlock , The Mentalist, Phineas and Ferb, and reality cooking shows (“Top Chef”, “Chopped”, “The Next Food Network Star”, “Worst Cooks in America”).
I get way too much junk mail, so feel free to drop me a line or two! I’d love to hear from you, especially if you’ve read something you like. Here’s how you can find me:
- Email: cds-at-colindsmith.com (substitute @ for “-at-“).
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/colin_d_smith
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5972323-colin-smith
Enjoy the blog!