Bill Bly was born in Elmira, N.Y, in March 1951, and a few years later moved with his family to Geneseo, N.Y., Bill graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 1973 (B.A. Art Studio); and then obtained an M.A. in Creative Writing from SUNY at Buffalo in 1978. Soon upon completing his M.A., he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma and worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales representative until retirement in 2007. He is an elected member to POETS & WRITERS and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. He has appeared in many poetry magazines and this work is his first novel. Mr. Bly is of English and German ancestry and is related to many of America's well known writers, He is also a Life Member to THE THOREAU SOCIETY, and a member to the Sinclair Lewis Society as well. Mr. Bly is also directly descended from Sir Thomas More, as 15th great grandson; as well as a direct descendant of Geoffrey Chaucer. He also kin to Hawthorne, Poe, Crane, Austen, Dickinson, Thoreau, Emerson, Longfellow, Wordsworth, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and philosopher John Locke. His only child attends a Tulsa Catholic High School, and Bill Bly is an active member in the Parish of The Church of St. Benedict. William James Bly enjoys reading, collecting autographs and first editions, genealogy, and visiting literary and Civil War sites, and growing roses.. His late father was an Elmira, N.Y, native; Veteran of the 10th Army in service in the Pacific during WW II, with a career as an English teacher. Bill's late mother was an Altoona, Pennsylvania native, first generation American (both parents immigrated from southern Germany), and an ardent bird and flower enthusiast, Mr. Bly is a political and economic Conservative.