Robert Neal was born in Corsicana, Texas in 1945. After graduating from high school in Alice, Texas, he joined the U. S. Army and spent eight years as an analyst in an intelligence branch. During this time, he also wrote and published a monthly intelligence journal for his branch. He separated from the service at the end of the Vietnam War and attended colleges in Virginia and Texas.
He became the fourth generation of his family to be employed in the Texas oilfields, working as a mud (mud is oilfield slang for drilling fluids) engineer offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and in Texas and Louisiana.
In the mid-1980s, the oil industry entered a severe downturn, and like hundreds of others left unemployed in south Texas, he entered the trucking industry. In the beginning, it was nothing more than a temporary job but it quickly turned into a career which provided more free time for writing, his lifelong interest. Presently, he is a contractor for a large corporation and divides his time between that and writing.
He resides in San Antonio with his wife Barbara. They have three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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