Author Bill Drake lives with his artist wife Lisle on a biodynamic farm in the Texas Hill Country. Bill's first book was "The Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana", which began life as a little yellow self-published book written and printed in Oregon where Bill had been living for several years experimenting with growing various interesting plants. Some say that 'Cultivators" changed the home-growing scene forever because up until that time nobody had a good reference book to follow, and Bill's stated purpose in writing it was to free people from the oppression of the drug syndicates and the American police state which mysteriously seemed to be emerging together. After more than 40 years "Cultivators" is still in print, although it has been superseded by many, many excellent 'grow your own' books by other talented writers, especially Robert C. Clarke. "Cultivators" was followed by a series of books exploring the recreational and medicinal use of Marijuana and the other great natural drugs of mankind - Coca and Opium, and Tobacco. In 1981 along with his friend and partner Bill founded the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, developing the company's flagship brand 'American Spirit".
After selling SFNT to investors Bill embarked on a second career that incorporated his love for learning about how people from different world cultures view life, communicate, make decisions, solve problems, raise children, and try to become fully developed persons in the course of their lifetime. Based on his extensive travels and international work earlier in life, Bill founded CultureBank Associates, a cross-cultural training firm, and worked with some of the major US, European and Asian companies helping their employees become more familiar with each other's sometimes wildly different ways of accomplishing the same tasks. Bill's current series of books entitled "Cultural Dimensions of Expatriate Life", now numbering over 20 full-length country culture studies, is the result of those years of working with, and learning about the key cultural differences that can make teamwork, communication, collaboration, and adjustment to living in another culture, so challenging.
For more information about Bill Drake go to www.cultivatorshandbook.com and to view an extensive collection of Lisle Drake's digital printmaking go to www.mermaidsprings.com