Jack B. Hood was born in Clarkesville, Habersham County, Georgia, in 1948. He graduated from Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus, Georgia, in 1966. From the University of Georgia, he received an A.B. degree in 1969 and a J.D. degree in 1971. He received a Diploma in International Law in 1972 from the University of Cambridge. He has been a JAG Captain in the USAF, a law professor, and a private practitioner. He worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Georgia and presently works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama. He is a member of the Alabama, District of Columbia, Georgia, and former Canal Zone bars. He is also a former member of the Tennessee bar. He is the author and co-author of several books, primarily legal texts, with five books currently published by Thomson Reuters/West. These books are also on Westlaw with their own database identifiers. Banjo Lessons, published in 2004, introduced Sam Stone. Sam's adventures continue in Banjo Playing and Banjo Method. Look on YouTube for Jack's selected banjo performances of some of the tunes referenced in the Sam Stone novels.