Studied at Yale University (American Studies) and the University of Massachusetts (Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology and Resource Management). Went to sea as a commercial fisherman off New England, fishing for cod, haddock, lobster, red crab, squid, and swordfish. Active in the fight for the 200-mile Fisheries Conservation Zone. Later worked as a consultant for Fishery Management Councils, developing fishery management plans and conducting gear development projects to develop more selective fisheries. Spent 28 years working for seaports (New York, Seattle, and Bellingham) as a project and construction manager and later as an executive. Also worked with Puget Sound Tribes to establish a system whereby tribal fishing could coexist with commercial shipping in Seattle Harbor and Elliot Bay.
Nearly ancient, returned to sea, shipping out with the Sailor’s Union of the Pacific as an Ordinary Seaman, Able Bodied Seaman, and Bosun. Started with commercial container vessels, on the New York to Singapore run. Finished career aboard naval ships for Military Sealift Command. Always a writer. Began working on ideas for Strong Heart long, long ago and began serious research in 2010. These days hikes in the Olympics, cooks for his wife, and continues to write (and draw) tales from Tacoma, Washington.