Published author and internet writer Roger Dean Kiser's stories take you into the heart of a child abandoned by his family and abused by the system responsible for his care. Through his stories he relives the sadness and cruelty of growing up an orphan in the early 1950s.
Today Kiser lives in Brunswick, Georgia with his wife Judy, where he continues to write, publishing most of his work on his internet web site: www.rogerdeankiser.com and short story index at:
Since it's beginning "AMERICAN ORPHAN" has become one of the most read child abuse web sites in the world. At last count it had a readership of about 4.6 million since November of 1999.
It is through his writing that Kiser has begun healing the pain, suffering and sadness of the orphan within him. Unknowingly at first and by the power of the internet Kiser's stories have touched millions.
In the vain of Mark Twain Roger Dean Kiser's collection of almost 400 stories have captured the drama and emotion of not only his childhood but of his current day tales. Kiser's short stories carry with them strong images and feelings that search out and find that common thread which connects each of us to our own emotions.
Roger will never forget how he and about 300 other children were treated as though they were less than human while living in a Jacksonville, Florida orphanage in the 1950s and 1960s. Roger's has taken those feelings and has done his very best to help those less fortunate than himself.
Roger's short stories have also been published in books and magazines around the world. Publications such as: Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Friend's Soul (USA), Heartwarmers (USA), Heartwarmers of Love (USA), A Cool Collection I and A Cool Collection II (Israel), Faith & True Stories of Friendship (USA), Teen Miracles (USA), Man's Best Friend (Australia), The Next Voice You Hear (USA), Soul Disclosures (USA), Dog Buddies (Australia), Skyline Magazine IV (USA), Venice, Gulf Coast Living, Petwarmers CD Collection (USA), Kiwanis Magazine, as well as his own CD titled "The Life and Times of Roger Dean Kiser".
Roger's short story "The Bully" was made into a short film by Nicholas Delfino and Edward Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show) and has been entered into several major film festivals in the United States.
Between Edward Asner's bustling, award winning career and a busy political agenda the actor has still made himself available to lend his support and voice to Roger Dean Kiser.
Asner is credited as a factor in the publishing of Kiser's first book Orphan in 2001 and was the Executive Producer on the short film The Bully, written and directed by Nicholas Delfino and adapted from the Kiser short story by the same name. More recently he recorded two of Kiser's works Butterflies and Elvis Died in a Florida Barber College as audio stories for Bear-Buca Entertainment. Asner has also been very supportive in the development of a possible feature film or television series based on Kiser's stories.