Paul McCusker has been writing fiction, non-fiction and drama since 1979. His work includes over 40 published novels, full-length plays, skit collections, screenplays and lyrics.
As a producer, writer and director for Focus on the Family’s “Adventures in Odyssey” radio series, he has written over 150 half-hour episodes. His work for “Odyssey” includes 18 novels, including the “Passages” series, and two screenplays for the best-selling animated videos. Additionally, for “Focus on the Family Radio Theatre,” he adapted and directed a radio dramatization of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” “Oliver Twist” and C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia.” He also wrote and directed the Peabody Award-winning “Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom” and created the highly acclaimed “Father Gilbert Mysteries.”
He is the author of the Gold Medallion-nominated “Epiphany,” “The Faded Flower” and “The Mill House” for Zondervan Publishing.
He has written a variety of popular plays including “Pap’s Place,” “The First Church of Pete’s Garage,” “The Case of The Frozen Saints,” “Snapshots & Portraits” and “A Time For Christmas” with renowned composer/arranger David T. Clydesdale, and is co-author of several sketch collections for youth ministry with Chuck Bolte. McCusker’s works are published with such reputable companies as Tyndale, Word, Chariot/Lion, HarperCollins (U.K.), Baker’s Plays (Samuel French, Inc.), Group Publishing, Lillenas (Nazarene Publishing House), Monarch Books (U.K.) and Contemporary Drama Services. Cumulative sales on his books have reached over 800,000 copies.
A lyricist as well, McCusker collaborated with Michael W. Smith on “Without You,” recorded by First Call on Word Records. He also worked with Cynthia Clawson on her critically acclaimed “Hymns and Carols” albums for Dayspring Records.
McCusker has written stage presentations for the nationally recognized drama troups Jeremiah People and Custer & Hoose. Six of his productions have been released on video.
Now director of Creative Content with Focus on the Family, McCusker lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his wife, Elizabeth, and two children.