Dr. James C. Burnham was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma and thereafter lived in small, country towns until his family moved to Colusa, California when he was nine. Among rice patties and wildlife reserves, he says to have enjoyed a Huckleberry Finn childhood. His backyard was the Sacramento River where he fished and swam at leisure. As a teen he left the Sacramento Valley to attend Rio Lindo Academy, a private boarding school, where he was encouraged to develop his talent for music and writing. He later graduated from Pacific Union College with a degree in music, and after moving to Southern California, completed a master’s degree in school counseling and doctorate in education with an emphasis in learning psychology at La Sierra University. Dr. Burnham currently lives and teaches high school English and AP Psychology in Riverside, California.