David Drake was attending Duke University Law School when he was drafted. He served the next two years in the Army, spending 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th armored Cavalry in Viet Nam and Cambodia. Upon return he completed his law degree at Duke and was for eight years Assistant Town Attorney for Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981. His books include the genre-defining and bestselling Hammers Slammers series, the RCN series including What Distant Deeps, In the Stormy Red Sky, The Road of Danger, and many more.
Jim Kjelgaard's celebrated middle grade and young adult books display themes such as honor, loyalty, courage, and perseverance. His novel Wolf Brother is the winner of the Spur Award of the Western Writers of America. His Big Red, which won the Boys Life Award in 1948, also became a beloved Disney movie.