A resident of Midlothian, Virginia, Clarke gleans inspiration for his writings while traveling throughout the landscape of fields, rivers, oceans, and mountains of the world.
He grew up in the small Village of Midlothian, home of the first coal mines in America. The early settlers were always looking for gold but found coal instead.Life is sometimes like that—looking for something you think you've always wanted but finding something different and better.
Midlothian was a place with the seeming innocence of Mayberry from the Andy Griffith show, only smaller.In places with little to do, your imagination has a chance to flourish. You create your own entertainment and with Clarke, the weeds of imagination grew in the unattended garden of his youth.