Hello! That’s me over there in the picture. Here are some things about me you may or may not care to know. But I’m going to tell you anyway because that’s what an “About” page is for, and I presume that’s why you clicked the link.

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’ve been reading since I was 4 or 5, and reading quite fluently by age 6. Library visits were a constant part of my childhood, and I spent many happy hours with Bobby Brewster, Grimble, and H.G. Wells. So books have been an ever-present part of my life from as far back as I remember.

Given my creative propensities, it only followed that a love of books would lead to a desire to create my own. My first epic was a history of the kings and queens of a fictional country. It was one hundred pages long, bound by a piece of wool. These days my fiction tends toward what I call “Twilight Zone.” In some instances it veers sci-fi, in others a bit more fantasy/urban fantasy/slipstream. Stories with a twist. I also enjoy detective fiction, so I like a good mystery in my stories too.

Last few things: I am a Christian of the Reformed Baptist persuasion, and when I am published you can be sure this paragraph will tell you about all the things I’ve written, the wonderful agent who took me on, and the various places you can purchase my work. Until then…

Contact Info

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:

Enjoy the blog!

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Askari

    Mr. Smith
    I got a glance over your works, and Its good to here that You r and Novelist and Theologion.
    Well now-a-days I’m working over the topic of “Predestionation in Islam” for which you have written and article before. Although there is a misconceptiion and mis understanding regarding Islam, but Scholorly I’d like to be in fruther touch with you.
    One thing I like to know about you is from which University did you passed as theologion, so I could mention in My paper.

    Wish to be in touch with you in further corespondence.

    Yours Turly


    1. cds

      Hello, Askari!

      To answer your question, I earned a B.A. (Hons) in Theology from the University of Hull in England, and an M.Div. from Columbia Evangelical Seminary in the US.

      Thank you for your interest in my blog. 🙂

  2. Julia Hoover

    So, C. You’re not on FB, then? How sad. I’m utterly a FB lurker – my WP account is just… sad. I spend all my writing time in Da Books, leaving little time for blogging… which will sometime come back to bite me, I’m sure, but there it is.

    Anyway, look me up sometime on the NON-author page – it’s where I *actually* live. Make some kind of mark on the author page (https://www.facebook.com/juliachoover) and I’ll invite you over. Had some weird guy from Baltimore and a couple of other strange folks… um… tracking me down in odd ways, so I’ll just leave the author page there and invite from there. 😀


    1. cds

      I have a FB account, but I don’t really use it. The only “friend” requests I accept are from people I know in person, which tends to be family, and friends from church. A lot of church communication happens via FB, so I at least get email notifications of messages that involve me, even if I don’t log on. I do go out on FB from time-to-time to look at people’s pages, so I may pay you a visit sometime, Julia! 🙂

  3. Darryl

    CDS, I’m teaching this coming week (today as a matter of fact! Oh my….I’d better make this short) on Authority and using Romans 13 as text. While doing research for the purpose of placing Paul’s writing within historical context, which I admit I’m adamant about but not nearly so much because I’m a lover of history rather a lover of context, I came across your notes and found them interesting and well written. (Not that it matters one iota my opinion of your writing!!) Regardless….thank you for your research.

    By the way, I had the opportunity to spend about six weeks in Hereford in Jan-Feb 2008. I traveled to Wales and Scotland for short excursions and found the whole isle to be beautiful.

    1. cds

      Sorry it’s taken me so long to get to your comment, Darryl. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. And I’m glad you got to visit Hereford and Wales–it’s an area of the country often ignored by visitors, and yet it’s a beautiful area, and chock full of history.

    1. cds

      JOHN!! Good to hear from you! 🙂 I just checked out your YouTube channel. Great stuff (as always). I’ll try to do better at staying in touch. 🙂


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