Although most of his family came from Mosgiel, fifteen miles away, Robert Simpson was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, in the 1940s. From the start of his life, he has been involved in good literature; on leaving school he spent two years working at a bookshop, the Presbyterian Bookroom.
In 1965 he attended the New Zealand Bible College in Auckland for three years, obtaining a Licentiate of Theology. After working several years as a postman, Port Moresby called him to a Christian Literature Crusade, where he met his wife-to-be, Margaret, an English missionary nurse and midwife.
Twenty years later he studied at the United Theological College in Sydney for three years, was ordained and inducted into the Presbyterian Church in 1988, and became a Presbyterian parish minister in Christchurch, New Zealand.
In later life he suffered a bout of clinical depression and electro-convulsive therapy, and was forced to retire following a severe stroke, but has been writing devotional books and novels ever since, with the help of his best critic – wife Margaret. Between them they have four boys, each of whom has his own family, and so the generations continue.
There is a wonderful photograph of Robert with his newest grandson in the back of the book, Priorities of Love. Robert’s next novel, Kalimna Heights, is currently in the editing stage and will be released soon!