I was born in California and have lived in various parts of the U.S. and Colombia, South America. I always wanted to be a storyteller but had to postpone that dream to work in academia and R&D as a scientist. My travels around Europe, South America, and the U.S., for work or pleasure, taught me a lot about the human condition and our wonderful human diversity, a learning process that started during my childhood in California’s San Joaquin Valley. That childhood was filled with many hours of enjoyable reading, and I'm still an avid reader. My wife and I now live in Montclair, NJ, just thirteen miles west of the Lincoln Tunnel.