Because I attended grammar school in the United States, when it stopped teaching grammar, I learned the little grammar I know trying to learn French and from reading The New Yorker. Because of that, I tend to use more, rather than less, commas. I follow rules in Elements Of Style, written by a former New Yorker writer, which most writers seem to ignore. Now, I understand the source of that predilection.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.