Ronald G. Mitchell is the author of the literary novel, Broken Collar, and the author of numerous magazine articles. He spends most of his time in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Mare, when he isn’t traveling.
His novel, Broken Collar, published by Bottom Dog Press in 2012, delves into the struggles of a Catholic priest who struggles with celibacy, spirituality and human desires. When Father Bob is sent to the town he has grown up in and encounters his high school girlfriend and her son, he is in danger of losing his place in the church and the only stability he has ever known. The setting is inspired by Ron’s hometown, the steel mill village of Mingo Junction, Ohio, where the river winds through the Appalachian foothills. A third-generation steelworker, Ron spent four years as a front-line supervisor for Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel. He was also active in the Catholic Church as a Eucharistic Minister and team leader for weekend religious retreats . . . . . a long time ago.
He and his wife love to travel, and have visited at leat 50 countries and all seven continents. Ron’s travel stories, profiles and essays have been published in Arizona Highways, Heartlands, The Arizona Republic, Mc-Squared, Go World Travel and Columbia. His blog describes his adventures, which range from genuine Voodoo ceremonies in West Africa to road trips to Alaska.
Ron has a B.S. in psychology from Kent State University and an M.S. in education from the University of Dayton. He retired from the Maricoap County Adult Probation Department in Phoenix, Arizona, as a supervisor.