Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

About Stan Crader

Stan CraderStan Crader’s first book, The Bridge, spent several days on the best seller list for Christian fiction at both and His articles about flying have been published in flying magazines and local newspapers. He won a Bronze Quill award from the International Association of Business Communications for articles written for his company’s quarterly newsletter.

Stan was born and raised in Bollinger County, Missouri. Coming of age in rural Missouri provided him the material for many of the rich characters in his books. He credits the variety of jobs he had as a child and the people with which he worked for providing him his creative foundation.

Stan’s childhood jobs included grocery store carry out, a paper route, mowing lawns, farm equipment set-up, sawmills, and janitor. “You learn a great deal about people when you see what groceries they purchase,” Stan says.

After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Missouri, where he met his future wife, Debbie at a Missouri / Nebraska football game. It was Debbie who first made Stan realize that his childhood was unique.

They spent the early years of their marriage living in Bollinger County, Missouri. Stan joined the family business and Debbie worked as a community nurse. As a nurse, working with a caring country doctor, she began to collect stories of her own.

The two of them raised three boys and a golden retriever as the life experiences continued. Stan began writing Christmas letters. Friends and family began to look forward to the somewhat informative but largely humorous Christmas epistle.

Stan’s first novel was written after the encouragement of those on his Christmas letter mailing list and the recipients of the company’s quarterly newsletter. He’s flattered beyond measure each time someone who has read ‘The Bridge’ asks about a sequel.

Stan created a bucket list long before the movie. His collection of stories has continued while achieving items on the list. His grandfather filmed him jumping a small creek on his motorcycle. After threats from his grandmother and mother, there won’t be a repeat. He’s flown the Atlantic in a small plane. He and his youngest son earned their scuba certification. Running for city councilman wasn’t on his list and after serving one term he considered jumping the creek again.

A few items remain on the list but he’s happiest when hiking in the Rocky Mountains with his wife.
He applies his Christian principals in every walk of life and it’s his hope that others recognize Christianity as the root of his success and the source of his creativity and drive.


Song: “House At Pooh Corner” by The Nitty-Gritty Dirt Band
Place to be: Home
Holiday: Christmas
Book – Bible
Food – Cherry Pie

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