Erv is the son of a Wisconsin dirt farmer and continues to pursue his high school ambition of understanding the universe. The path so far includes UW-Madison B.S and M.S. Genetics degrees, with a detour through Vietnam and Cambodia as a Green Beret infantry officer. Experiences as a Genetics lab teaching aid, a Genetics Teaching Assistant, and an Agronomy Academic Staff Specialist sent him to a science teaching career at Beaver Dam High School in Wisconsin.
That led to more questions, and he sought answers in Madison and through a dozen courses at Tom Brown’s Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. He completed his doctorate at UW-Madison in Curriculum and Instruction soon after retiring from the classroom. He then tutored math and science at Central Arizona College and taught as a Volunteer Interpretive Ranger at Casa Grande Ruins NM in Coolidge, AZ while living in an RV.
Moving west to Yuma, he joined the group, Write on the Edge, and explored fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He had so much fun writing his first novel about love and combat PTSD recovery, while parked among the trees of northern Wisconsin, that he went back the next summer and wrote a sequel.
Teaching remains a passion, and he became the Coordinator (and environmental educator) for the Yuma Conservation Garden. Unfortunately, he had to let that go to find time to publish, publicise, and market Beyond the Blood Chit and manage to rewrite the sequel. He continues to volunteer at The Garden as a UA Master Gardener.
He doesn’t completely understand the universe yet, but he’s not finished. Teaching and writing are powerful learning opportunities, and he is continuing both. He is also grateful for the able counsel from friends and colleagues, and especially his loving family, the center of his universe no matter where his path may take him.
Learn more at ErvBarnes.com