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As a quirky child plagued with a speech impediment, Chris dreamed of growing up to be a cartoonist or a singer. For him, either profession would do just fine!

Through a series of mind-boggling events that converged during his mid-twenties, Chris was enabled to overcome the stuttering that had for so long held hi… Read More
As a quirky child plagued with a speech impediment, Chris dreamed of growing up to be a cartoonist or a singer. For him, either profession would do just fine!

Through a series of mind-boggling events that converged during his mid-twenties, Chris was enabled to overcome the stuttering that had for so long held him back. Since then, he has spent his days seeking to encourage young people, to convince them of their immense value, beauty and potential.

What started out as a volunteer gig twelve years ago is now his full-time vocation. As a school-visiting author-illustrator-musician, his childhood dreams of cartooning and singing - and the deeper dream of speaking fluently - have all converged to open doors for him to inspire hundreds of thousands of young people across the nation on a scale that he never could have imagined.
Chris offers a variety of program choices to schools. His most popular program is his one-of-a-kind READING PEP RALLY. With guitar in hand, he uses live music, live cartooning, character education, audience participation and loads of laughter to get students FIRED UP about reading and their own potential!

Kids love his highly-illustrated "Adventures of Uncle Stinky," a series of three books published by Random House Kids. And, from his own Thunder Enlightening Press, kids enjoy his full color picture/comic book "TOO MUCH of a Good Thing," his graphic novel "Jack Crackbone: Nightmare of a Bully" and his chapter book (Fall, 2013) “My Dad Is Coming To Career Day (But Hopefully the Earth Will Be Destroyed By Angry, Big Haired, Brain-Eating Zombie Vampire Aliens Before Then).”

Chris has appeared at numerous conferences and workshops and has encouraged over 300,000 students in over 1000 schools and libraries in 37 states coast to coast in the last ten years.

In the summer of 2012, Chris volunteered to do a mural at Camp Twin Lakes (a camp for kids with special needs in Rutledge, GA) and thus began his Painting Adventure. He now does paintings and murals by commission. In his spare time he paints because he just can’t help it. All of his paintings and murals can be seen on his web site and Facebook page.

Chris lives in the mountains of north Georgia with his wife Cathy and their dog Murphy where he enjoys running, hiking the mountain streams and leaving cairns along the way. Cathy enjoys working as a Realtor and quilting. His son Zachary has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Western Carolina where he is also pursuing his Master’s Degree in College Personnel. His daughter Kara is studying Early Childhood Education at the University of Georgia.
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