Professor Secreast's PhD is from the University of Iowa, in Creative Fiction Writing and Modern British Literature, 1914-1945. He co-authored Adventuring in the Andes (1985) and has published two short story collections: The Rat Becomes Light (1990) and White Trash, Red Velvet (1993). Many of his stories revolve around a furniture factory in Lenoir, North Carolina. He is currently working with a screenwriter from the North Carolina School of the Arts Film School to turn some of his stories into a film. When asked about his teaching and writing, Dr. Secreast commented that "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."