James Calvin Schaap taught literature and writing at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, for 37 years before retiring. He has published many short stories and several novels, including Romey's Place, In the Silence There Are Ghosts, The Secrets of Barneveld Calvary, and Touches the Sky, as well as several books of meditations, including, mostly recently, Sixty at Sixty and Honest to God. His publications include a denominational history, Our Family Album: The Unfinished Story of the CRC, as well as the memoir of World War II Nazi war resister Berendina Eman, Things We Couldn't Say. In 2014, New River Press (MN) released a new collection of folk tales titled Up the Hill. He and his wife, Barbara, live in the country just outside of Alton, Iowa. He is presently finishing up on a novel tentatively titled Chasing Dawn.