Author slows down, takes it all in

Augusta County native returns to his roots with Blue

Story by Chris Graham

Cole Scrogham was on top of the world. Being on top of the world isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.

“The time constraints are enormous. A hundred-hour week is not uncommon. And travel is extensive,” said Scrogham, who after building a successful racing organization in Southside decided that the hundred-hour weeks weren’t worth it anymore and returned to his roots in Augusta County to pursue the ministry and writing.

His first work of literary fiction, Blue, is now available online, weaving storylines including politics, the ministry and life in Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

“As you get to different points in your life, some things get to be more important than winning championships. I felt that kind of tug and at least wanted to explore what’s there,” said Scrogham in an interview for The AFP Show podcast last week.

Blue weaves elements of faith that are derived from a licensed pastor’s perspective in the Church of the Brethren, into a nonconfrontational discourse on personal and sensitive issues of our day.

“I hope people will enjoy this book, and although I certainly won’t be getting rich off of it, I hope someone out there will find it moving,” Scrogham said.

More information on Blue can be found at:

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