Larry L Franklin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He performed in the U.S. Navy Band located in Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1971. From 1972 to 1975, he taught music at Southern Illinois University. In 1976, he completed requirements for a certified financial planner designation and maintained a successful investment business until 2007 when he retired to devote his energies to writing. In 2003, he received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the author of “Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory,” published by Xlibris, “The Rita Nitz Story: A Life without Parole,” published by Southern Illinois University Press, “Cherry Blossoms & Barron Plains: A woman’s journey from mental illness to a prison cell,” published by Chipmunka Publishing Company, “Maxed Out: The birth and death of the Tamms supermax,” published by History Publishing Company, and the not yet published “Love, Dry Creek, and a dog named Max.” He currently resides in southern Illinois with his wife, Paula.