Born and raised in California. Became a bibliophile in the first grade and advanced four grades in one year. Started collecting comics at the age of ten. Read "The Lord Of The Rings" at eleven. Joined the US Navy at eighteen. Graduated from Naval Nuclear Power School at the age of twenty and left on my first deployment aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) at the age of twenty-one. Wrote my first screenplay at the age of thirty-eight and finished my first novel at the age of forty-nine (not yet published). Working on my third novel now.