Patrick A. Vanner was born into a Marine family, and after attending Penn State, majoring in aerospace and electrical engineering, he enlisted in the Marine Corps like his parents before him. After a successful military tour, he earned a degree in network administration and began a career in telecommunications and information technology. in 2010, his novel, Ragnarok, was published by Baen Books. He divides his time between his family, working, reading, and gaming. Patrick currently lives with the love of his life, Heather, his two boys, Corbin and Logan, and seven insane cats and one dog that make their lives interesting in every sense of the ancient Chinese curse.