The author is a rare native of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, and a graduate of University of Maryland, University College. Prior to retirement from a position with a major Aerospace Corporation, he tried his hand at a variety of occupations- from grocery store clerk to warehouseman, from shoveling coal to a four year stint with the U.S. Army. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys time with his family and grandchildren, kayaking (flat water mostly please), fishing, hiking, hunting, wine-making, and pursuing his other “creative passion”- woodcarving.