Matt McGowan grew up in Southwest Missouri, primarily in Webb City, a small town founded on lead-ore and zinc mining. He finished high school there and attended the University of Missouri, where he earned a bachelors degree in history and masters degree in journalism. He is 47 years old and recently re-married, which he thought would never happen again. He has three children and two stepchildren two in college and three in elementary school. He works as a science and research writer at the University of Arkansas. Before that he was a newspaper reporter. He has been writing fiction for about 15 years. He has written many short stories and completed drafts of several novels. When not writing or working or taking care of his family, he reads, runs, swims, cycles, lifts weights, hikes, canoes and kayaks. He doesnt fish or hunt, and he doesnt watch too much television.