Ernie Olson holds Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, is a professor emeritus, does political cartooning and illustration, attributes his most important learning to his children, and in his spare time, under the name of JC Canon, writes short novels. He is the author of several nonfiction books, but it is in fiction writing that he finds the greatest satisfaction. In addition to his academic and creative work, he is a popular speaker and workshop leader. He is well known for his humorous and motivational speeches. For 11 years he served as a consultant to law enforcement agencies as a forensic artist and hypnotherapist. At different times in his life he has been a standup comic, television educator, researcher, ballroom dance teacher, lifeguard, ski instructor, copy-writer, illustrator, public administrator, and traditional Chinese medicine therapist. Like one of the characters in his novels, he has ridden a motorcycle coast to coast and back. He is happily married and living in Northern California.