Rocky is a writer and independent scholar that researches and writes fiction and non-fiction about Appalachia and the Appalachian diaspora. Prior to pursuing writing as a career, he worked as an inner-city paramedic, a Mennonite pastor, and a grave digger. He provided pre-hospital emergency medical care to homicide victims in the street; performed funeral services for murder victims; testified in multiple homicide trials; and dug the graves of murder victims. He has bylines at Sojourners Magazine, Sojonet.com, and Urban Connections Magazine among others. He is currently writing his debut novel; a post-war mystery-thriller, based in 1947 Eastern Kentucky. Rocky holds an M.A. in English Literature and is an M.F.A. Candidate in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.