Lee Henschel Jr. was born in 1947. His published work includes Short Stories of Vietnam, and the novel, Deja Nam. His work has been anthologized in Denmark and China, and in a wide range of magazines and periodicals in the United States. The inspiration for The Sailing Master series came when he was thirteen and wanted to write a story set in the Golden Age of Sail . . . a story that one of his nautical heroes, Captain Hornblower, might like to read. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.