Fantasy & Horror Fiction for Adults and Children
Durbin was born in rural Taylorville,
He attended Concordia College (now University) in River Forest, Illinois, where he majored in classical languages. Also at Concordia, he served as chapel cantor and sacristan, worked as an international resident assistant, and edited “Musings,” the creative writing section of the college newspaper. Through the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots, he spent his college summers helping with vacation Bible schools in remote Cree and Ojibwa villages in northern Ontario, Canada. He graduated summa cum laude and traveled to Japan as a part of the Overseas Volunteer Youth Ministry program of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Initially working with ESL students ranging in age from two to eighty-something, he moved on from volunteer service in 1995 to teach solely at Japan’s Niigata University, where he conducts courses in writing and English conversation. He is a frequent speaker on the joys and practical aspects of fiction writing.
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