S.G. Armstrong was born in northern Illinois during the Eisenhower years. Life was fine until her oldest brother, a college freshman, invited a student from Uganda to spend vacation with her family. Half the people in town went berserk. At that time, in many small mid-western towns, the presence of a black man was not tolerated, even as the guest of a white family. She started to ask herself, “What makes people act like this?”
Things became worse when her parents helped consolidate their school district, which meant that any family could send their children to any school in the district, without paying tuition. Some people opposed this and her family was harassed and threatened.
Soon after they left Illinois and moved to New York State, where the call to sail Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River proved irresistible. The lake and river were the settings of numerous unforgettable adventures; she is the only person she knows who was shipwrecked before the age of fifteen.
In college, she took some classes in creative writing. Writing classes were not helpful, though; she got her degree in history, focusing on the history of the major religions. During her college years, thanks to the ministry of InterVarsity, she decided to put her trust in Jesus Christ.
She married a computer whiz and helped him through seminary by working in a junior high school. It was there she first got the idea of homeschooling any children she might have. Sure enough, the two of them homeschooled their children during their high school years. Her husband covered the math lessons. She taught history, literature and even science.
Now, they’re settled in College Station, Texas. Her husband is a freelance writer for the cyber security industry. She continues to write and publicize her newly published book, The News of the Day: A Novel.
The News of the Day (Kindle)
Guest at Meet the Author Day, Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10 AM to 12 PM
at Mounce Library, 201 E. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803