Like most academics, George Fox professors write research papers, syllabi and textbooks, but it’s a little-known fact that at least five George Fox employees have also published works of fiction.
Jim Foster, dean of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, has written eight science fiction novels since 1995. His first book, Footprints of Thunder, is about a disaster that upsets the natural boundaries between past and present, setting dinosaurs loose on city streets.
Two sequels followed, along with five other books published under the pen name James F. David.
Dirk Barram, dean of the College of Business, chose to write about a setting he’s very familiar with after 28 years at George Fox University: a college campus in a small town. Barram’s novel The College was published in 2009 and deals with mystery and conspiracy at fictional Kingston College.
Phil Smith has written and published two novels: a maritime fantasy epic, The Heart of the Sea, available as an ebook, and a difficult-to-categorize mystery/sci-fi drama, Buying the Bangkok Girl, which had its first print run this year. As a professor of philosophy, Smith’s work reflects some of his ideas in ethics, but he says he hopes they are first of all good stories.
Proving that you don’t have to be a professor to write a book, women’s lacrosse coach Natalie Harrington concluded her children’s fantasy trilogy with Griffin’s Legacy in 2013. Harrington published the first in the series as a freshman in college, but was obliged to publish her books under the pseudonym N.R. Rose due to Division I lacrosse regulations for student athletes.
Most recently published is Cousins at War, a carefully researched Civil War novel by Professor Emeritus of History Ralph Beebe. Cousins is Beebe’s seventh book, but only his first published work of fiction.