I grew up in a small Texas town and had a great Tom Sawyer-type childhood, but with more modern perks like movies, books (always lots of books!), the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, etc., and friends to go on adventures everywhere, from hunting the river bottoms to sneaking across the border into Mexico as goofball teenagers. Well, we had to because we were under the minimum Texas drinking age, right? As an adult I've worked as a Border Patrol Agent, a Consultant to foreign governments and Fortune 500 companies, and instructed foreign law enforcement on antiterrorism techniques and border enforcement. Oh, and I act and write.