Rea Keech has lived in Severna Park, Maryland, in the same house since 1980. He enjoys sailing on the Severn River and writing. He was Professor of English at Anne Arundel Community College from 1978 to 2013, when he retired. Before that he taught at the University of South Carolina, Voorhees College, the University of Tehran, and at schools in Japan, and Greece. Keech is also a reviewer of books. His reviews can be found on his publisher's website, www.realnicebooks.com He served in the Peace Corps in Iran from 1967 to 1969, where his assignment was to teach English at the University of Tehran. At the community college, Keech taught international students for many years and heard their stories. He says refugees arrived in his class after the war in Vietnam and Cambodia and later fleeing the fighting in Afghanistan. He says the stories of some of them were heartbreaking, and he wants to acknowledge their strength and perseverance in his novels.