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Dudley Pope

Dudley Pope, a naval defense correspondent of the London Evening News, progressed to writing carefully researched naval history. C.S. Forester urged Pope to try his hand at fiction and saw the younger writer as his literary heir. Pope began what was to become an impressive series with Ramage (1965) and, over the next 24 years, produced 17 more novels tracing Lord Ramage's career. Pope died in 1997.

Rafael Sabatini

C. Northcote Parkinson

Cyril Northcote Parkinson pursued a distinguished academic career on both sides of the Atlantic and first became famous for "Parkinson's Law"—work expands to fill the time allotted to it. Parkinson wrote many books on British politics and economics. His first fictional effort, a "biography" of Horatio Hornblower, met with considerable acclaim and led to the Delancey series. C. Northcote Parkinson died in 1993.

Derek Doeffinger

Derek Doeffinger is a former Eastman Kodak Company photographer whose work has been published in the photography collections Waterfalls and Gorges of the Catskills and Adirondacks and Waterfalls of the Finger Lakes. He is the author of numerous photography how-to books including The Art of Seeing. Gary Whelpley is a travel photographer, instructor, and former global photo ambassador for the Eastman Kodak Company. They both live near Rochester, New York.

Karl Zinsmeister

Kate Harvey is a sixth-generation native of the Finger Lakes region. She lives in New York City. Karl Zinsmeister is an author, a producer, a former senate aide, and the former chief domestic policy advisor to President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal, and he was the editor in chief of the American Enterprise, a national magazine covering politics, business, and culture. He is the author of Boots on the Ground and Dawn Over Baghdad. Noah Zinsmeister is a college student and sixth-generation native of the Finger Lakes region. They both live in Cazenovia, New York.

Frederick Captain Marryat

Captain Frederick Marryat (1792–1848) was an actual 19th-century British naval hero who lived a saga worthy of the novels of C.S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian. He survived fifty naval battles on the crack frigate Imperieuse under Lord Cochrane—the real-life model for Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey. In addition to plenty of cannonfire, battle strategy, peril, and passion—liberally sprinkled with wit and fine turns of phrase—Marryat's real-life naval experiences lend his novels a truly remarkable authenticity.

Gerry Doyle

Gerry Doyle is an editor and general-assignment reporter for the Chicago Tribune who keeps a write

Dewey Lambdin

Philip McCutchan

Philip McCutchan served on various British war ships during WWII. Afterwards, he concentrated on writing, publishing more than 80 books, including the fifteen-book Halfhyde series.

Broos Campbell

Broos Campbell is a book editor whose articles and short stories have been published in alternative newspapers and literary magazines. He's worked as a columnist and newspaper editor and also served as a crew member of the Lady Washington, a restored tall ship. He lives in Los Angeles.

A. D. Howden Smith

Arthur Mercante

Arthur Mercante has been a professional referee since the 1940s. Besides officiating Muhammad Ali–Joe Frazier I, he has been the third man in the ring for championship bouts featuring Floyd Patterson, Emile Griffith, Carlos Ortiz, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Wilfred Benitez, Jeff Fenech, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Ike Quartey, Roy Jones Jr., and Shane Mosley, among others. He lives in Garden City, New York.

Cyril Northcote Parkinson

Cyril Northcote Parkinson pursued a distinguished academic career on both sides of the Atlantic and first became famous for "Parkinson's Law"—work expands to fill the time allotted to it. Parkinson wrote many books on British politics and economics. His first fictional effort, a "biography" of Horatio Hornblower, met with considerable acclaim and led to the Delancey series. C. Northcote Parkinson died in 1993.

Colin Sargent

Colin Sargent is a playwright and the author of three books of poetry. He is also the founder and publisher of Portland Magazine. He lives in Portland, Maine.

R. F. derfield

R. F. Delderfield, a respected author, playwright, screenwriter, and newspaperman, was born in Greenwich, England in 1912 and became a full-time author after a stint as a small-town reporter and an RAF hitch in World War II. According to The New York Times Book Review, Delderfield wrote "with vigor, unceasing narrative drive, and a high degree of craftsmanship," and he described himself as "a compulsive teller of tales, a real chronic case." Delderfield died in 1972.

Den Linnehan

Den Linnehan is an avid hiker and photographer, and a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. He worked for Eastman Kodak Company for 32 years, and as a member of the Kodak Travel Club he presented four major travel log shows of his photography. He is the author and photographer of Adirondack Splendor. He lives near Rochester, New York.

Ed Gruver

Ed Gruver is a newspaper sportswriter, a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association and a contributor to Total Football. In addition to The Ice Bowl, he is the author of The American Football League: A Year-by-Year History, and two recently published biographies, Nitschke and Koufax. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

William Westbrook

William Westbrook began his career as an advertising copywriter and rose through the ranks to lead one of the most creative advertising agencies in the world, winning clients such as BMW, United Airlines, and Miller Lite. He's written for sailing magazines, art books and has also published a children's book. The Bermuda Privateer is his first novel and the first in the Nicholas Fallon series.