Henry A. Dyson, writing as Henry J, his childhood name, grew up on a farm in Sumter, South Carolina. After graduating from Ebenezer High School he went away to Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, and then to New Jersey where he was employed for 40 years as a Real Estate Manager. He never forgot his childhood experiences in school, at work and play. His life was shaped by parents, siblings, friends, teachers, and neighbors from similar humble beginnings. He re-lives his childhood adventures through Franklin Meyers, the main character of the series.
He is now retired and living back in South Carolina.