P. L. Christian was born and raised Patricia Louise Rothe in Bergen County, New Jersey. Upon reaching adulthood she moved to the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia to develop her career, ministry, and quality of life. Pat has been writing creatively since her teens. She also performs business writing in her Information Technology consulting. Pat's passion for story telling has been demonstrated in her portrayal of Lucy Hillsman and Varina Davis, and other civil war period characters, beside in her writing. Pat's passion for inspirational stories developed in working her marketing business. After many years of urging from friends and family, and hearing from God that the time has come, she releases for your good pleasure and blessing The Crippled Messenger from the anthology, Stories of the Great Kingdom. In the tradition of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George McDonald, comes a timeless story of courage, adventure, and destiny, The Crippled Messenger. In the Great Kingdom everyone is assigned a destiny to be embraced or shunned. Such was the choice of Matthew of the little village of Patience. Once committed to his destiny, he is faced with countless obstacles. With his determination and the support of family, friends, an old widow, a harlot, a student, a knight, a seer, and most important the Great King, Matthew takes on a seemingly impossible mission, and becomes the most celebrated and honored Royal Messenger in the realm.