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Retired Lander pastor finds 2nd life as author

Jun 9, 2017 - From staff reports

Gene Bradbury, who was a pastor at the Faith Lutheran Church from 1980-82 and an intern at Our Savior's in Casper 1967-68, may be a retired minister, but he's now continuing his message with books he writes for children and adults. Inspired by his work as a church youth director, prison and hospital chaplain and parish minister, especially with families in crisis, Bradbury asks readers such questions as "When do you feel left out? Do you ever make others feel left out?"

Four story books featuring an adventurous time-traveling mouse include fact sheets for parents, teachers and librarians about Sherlock Holmes, hurricanes and the first airplanes and ferris wheels.

Now retired to Sequim, Wash., where he also substitutes for vacationing ministers, teaches adult and children's workshops, and speaks at church groups and at retreats, Bradbury sold his first fiction to children's magazines such as Chickadee, Cricket and Humpty Dumpty and his first general interest piece -- about moving away from a best friend in boyhood -- to Country Home.

Although he loves the creative process, he said that getting published is fraught with frustration, too often with the disappointment of a piece being rejected even after several rounds of revision requested by an editor. This is especially true of magazines for the youth market.

"People think writing for children is easy, but you have to deal with a limited vocabulary and a limited number of words in the story," he said.

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