Al was born in Iowa and grew up in a small town in central Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois with an engineering degree, he and his wife moved to California to work at the NavyÕs research, development, and test facility at China Lake, and incidentally, to learn to ski!
The majority of his career was centered in performing and managing weapons effectiveness studies for the Navy. That involved presenting the best analytical data available in the writing of reports, and assuring that a primary focus was always to eliminate the ÒfictionÓ that tries to sneak into them. He is now retired and enjoys golf and other outdoor activities.
Endangered Solitude is AlÕs first attempt at writing a novel where fiction is the primary focus. Writing the book was inspired by simple curiosity about writing fiction and how it compares with technical writing. In addition, there were several actual events that served as fodder for feeding the curiosity about fictional dialog. One thing led to another and eventually there was a completed manuscript.