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Philip David Stephens is a pseudonym. My given name is Stephen. I had two brothers, Philip and David, both of whom passed away in the summer of 1992. The pen name Philip David Stephens just seemed appropriate.
I grew up in central Iowa and moved to Texas following college graduation. I spent thirty-three years as a manager of equity portfolios for institutional clients, primarily corporate pension and mutual funds, retiring from the business in 2004. Throughout those thirty three years I spent a lot of time writing economic and market forecasts as well as quarterly and annual client reports. I discovered over time that I enjoyed writing.
My partners and I sold our small investment management business to a large foreign bank in 2000 and found ourselves employees of a big bureaucracy. I soon discovered that I didn't really care that much for the money management business any longer, so it was time to do something else.
I plan on my first novel, the Paladin Principle, to be the first of a series detailing the exploits and adventures of the characters introduced in the book. Given the turmoil and hostility proliferating in the world today, I expect there will be abundant source material to draw from.