Brian S. Leon is truly a jack of all trades and a master of none. He writes just to do something with all the useless degrees and skills he’s accumulated over the years. Most of them have no practical application in civilized society, anyway. His interests include mythology and fishing, in pursuit of which he has explored jungles and museums, oceans and seas all over the world.
His credentials include an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and a master’s degree from San Diego State University, plus extensive postgraduate work in evolutionary biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied animals most people aren’t even aware exist and theories no one really cares about anyway.
Over his varied career, Brian’s articles have been published in academic journals and popular magazines that most normal people would never read. They can be found in The American Society of Primatologists, the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Proceedings of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the like.
His more mainstream work came as an editor for Marlin and FlyFishing in Salt Waters magazines, where he published articles about fishing and fishing techniques around the world. He won a Charlie Award in 2004 from the Florida Magazine Association for Best Editorial, and several of his photographs have appeared on a number of magazine covers—almost an achievement of note, if they weren’t all fishing magazines.
Always a picky reader, Mr. Leon enjoys stories by classical masters like Homer and Jules Verne as well as modern writers like J.R.R. Tolkien, David Morrell and Jim Butcher. These books, in combination with an inordinate amount of free time, inspired him to come up with tales of his own.
Brian currently resides in San Diego, California.
Several people made this book possible, and without their constant help and support, it would have remained little more than an idea. I have to thank Teri for her encouragement and willingness to allow me to pursue this nutty endeavor. Without her, nothing would have ever been written. This book is because of and for her. I also have to thank Kathe and Glen for their willingness to be my beta readers when no one else would. Their initial encouragement kept me going. I also want to thank Katharina Brand for her work on the initial cover ideas and Kristen Lai for her help with all things Social Media. I would also like to thank Jaime Leigh for her artwork bringing my characters to light. Lastly, many thanks to my editor, Meghan Pinson at My Two Cents Editing. Her invaluable input, editing, professionalism, and enthusiasm for this book helped me actually get it out. She improved it immensely and for that, I am grateful.
Lastly, I want to thank Alyssa Hall, my editor at Red Adept Publishing. Her coaching, comments, and suggestions really helped me improve the story in so many ways I cannot enumerate them. Her constructive guidance taught me more about writing than any class I ever took. And she made the editing process enjoyable.