Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Clyde L. Austin Jr. is the fifth of nine children.

When he was in the sixth grade, he wrote his first short story titled The Land of the Unborn Dogs. His teacher was very impressed with the story; however, she did not believe that he possessed the ability to create such an imaginative and creative story. After the experience of being discredited, Clyde laid down his pencil, never to write another story.

Over the years, he told many stories while in high school and serving in the military to entertain his army buddies. After the military, he told stories to children when he was a day-camp counselor in the early eighties.

In 1988, Clyde answered the call of God and entered the preaching ministry. Right away, his ability to tell stories and his sermon writing revealed the talent that was tucked away.

In 1993, after being in the preaching ministry for five years, Clyde entered college and earned a B.A. degree in Bible and Ministries from Bethel College, a liberal arts college in Mishawaka, Indiana.

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