James W. Walker was born in Kingston Upon Hull, England, in 1945. He immigrated to the United States shortly before his sixteenth birthday. He joined the U.S. Army at the age of seventeen and became a paratrooper five days after his eighteenth birthday. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division Expeditionary Force that went to Santo Domingo during its revolution in 1965. A little over one year later, he went to South Vietnam as part of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Walker is now retired and lives with his wife, Linda, and three children in Mena, Arkansas.
FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD is his first book.