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ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- It was the gift that keeps on giving. A kind uncle encouraged a sensitive 17-year-old boy to write about life in a journal, suggesting the best place to start might be "the good, the bad and the in-between."
Forty-plus years, 12 books and more than 1,200 blog posts later, Curt Iles still keeps a journal -- the beginning point of a writing career that's taken him to Africa and back.
"I still have the note from that uncle encouraging me to write," Iles says. "I'm from a culture of storytellers. It's part of the Deep South. It's part of my own family. Read More