From the Author
Gentle reader, A few words about me. I was born in Jersey City, NJ. My family lived in a high-rise housing project until I was ten, when we relocated exactly one block over to my grandfather's home, an old house built by his father in 1869. I spent my childhood skulking around the neighborhood with my brothers, reading Tolkien and dreaming of some day writing my own books. At about the time we moved to my grandfather’s house, my brothers and I transferred from public to private school. Thus began many years of high quality instruction that had a profound and lasting impact on me. “Education is a lifelong process” was one of the mantras of the Marist Brothers who taught at my high school (George R.R. Martin is also a Marist alum, though I believe he was less enamored of the experience). My education, along with a work ethic inherited from my father, got me into a great university, Rutgers, where I studied English-Literature. After graduating college, I spent one semester at Rutgers Graduate School of Creative Writing while working part-time at a small publishing company that produced stock reports. I was also a messenger in New York City for a hot minute, before getting a job with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. After a few years as an immigration inspector, I became a special agent with USINS, later U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and finally Homeland Security Investigations. I was involved with many different types of criminal investigations. I retired from law enforcement in 2018 and began a new and equally rewarding career—writing novels (I like to consider my 27 years in law enforcement as time spent on research). I live just outside Washington D.C. with my beautiful wife of many years, along with our cat of many pounds. I try to make my stories entertaining, unique, and thought-provoking. My biggest hope is that they are worth the time it takes to read them. Your humble scrivener, Bill Z.
Education and Career
Graduated from Rutgers University - New Jersey, U.S.A.
Graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy - Georgia, U.S.A.
Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent (Retired) - Washington D.C.