Mark Strecker has wanted to be a writer since he first learned to read. He also possesses a passion for history. He graduated from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, with a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1994, and a Masters of Library Science (MSLS) from Clarion University in 2008, earning the latter to give him the skills needed to write well-researched narrative history. Like many writers, he has held a variety of occupations, including selling appliances, running a toy department in a retail store, and as a graphic artist/art director at an advertising agency. He finally broke down and bought a house so he could have a cat. He’s not sure if the cat idea was such a good one as she now owns the house and just lets him stay there.