Kevin E. Lake grew up in the Mountains of Richwood, West Virginia. He was a sports writer for both his high school and college news papers. He was a state champion high school miler and ran track at the NCAA II level in college, where he also wrote poetry and short stories for several publications.
He is a 1998 graduate of Fairmont State University in northern West Virginia. After college, Lake spent nearly ten years as a stock broker in Charlottesville, Virginia before leaving Wall Street to enlist in the Army National Guard where he became an Airborne Infantryman in his mid thirties.
He served honorably during a tour in Iraq as a machine gunner for a convoy security team in Mosul, Al Qaeda in Iraq's last urban stronghold. While in Iraq, with what little free time he had, he wrote "Serial Street," which stars his children; Christian, Emily and Olivia. He chose to use his children in the story as a way of letting them know that he was thinking of them the entire time he was gone.
During his tour, Lake was awarded ten different distinguishable medals by the Army including the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal for his actions in a combat zone. He also received the illustrious Combat Action Badge, awarded to soldiers who take and/or return fire from or onto enemy forces. On Christmas day, 2008, Lake and his Company survived the largest rocket/mortar attack on the FOB (forward operating base) in Mosul in the history of the war in Iraq.
Lake decided during his time in Iraq, that if he were to make it home alive, which fortunately he did, he would focus more on making a life than making a living. He now writes full time, spending part of his year in the Philippine Islands and part of it in his native Richwood, West Virginia, where he coaches Girls basketball and spends far too many hours in the wilderness hiking, fishing, mountain biking and dreaming up more chilling thriller novels. He loves to go to England and visit his children who reside there with their mother.
"From the Graves of Babes," his latest haunted novel is dedicated to the folks in his hometown of Richwood, West Virginia. It is sure to be the most read West Virginia ghost story for generations to come.