Seldom one to take the direct route to any destination, Philip Groves worked at many jobs over a generation of time while his first novel traveled from his imagination to the written word. His love of automobiles and aviation persisted in the background while he served as a field technician, student, writer, salesman, and civil servant. Mr. Groves graduated from the University of Maryland. He also published a non-fiction investment primer entitled Hard Cash. He lives in South Florida.