Richard Kenneth Stearns was born and raised in a farming and logging community known as the Boistfort Valley in Southwestern Washington State. He fished, hunted, trapped and did all the kid things to do while growing up with a river as his playground.
He joined the Air Force out of high school and went on to become a scientist/engineer for the National Reconnaissance Office.
Now retired from over 35 years with the aerospace industry, he enjoys a round of golf, travel and fly-fishing. He is past president of the Washington Fly Fishing Club of Seattle and is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Fly Casting Instructor.
He received a BS and MS in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State and San Jose State Universities, and lives with his wife DeVonne Wells in Allyn, Washington.
My River is his first book. His next book My Mermaid is slated for completion in 2008.