About the author

Jack R. Stanley

<p>Jack R. Stanley is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and screenwriter.&nbsp; As an officer and combat photographer in Vietnam, he earned the Bronze Star.&nbsp; Yet he says, &ldquo;When you&rsquo;re in a firefight and everybody else on both sides have guns while you have a camera --- you get to change your pants a lot.&rdquo;</p><p>After his military service, he received both his M.A. and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in Radio-TV-Film. His doctoral dissertation was on the long running TV series GUNSMOKE.&nbsp; Stanley also received two of Michigan&sup1;s most prestigious creative writing awards, The Hopwood Award, one for a one-act play and the second for a novel.</p><p>Still married to his gifted high school sweetheart, Stanley&rsquo;s first academic position was TV Area Head at The University of Texas at Austin&rsquo;s Department of Radio-TV-Film.&nbsp; He later moved to deep-south Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley for a challenging position with The University of Texas-Pan American.&nbsp; Here he taught Theatre-TV-Film for 30 years in the Department of Communication serving as Department Chair at U.T.P.A. for 11 years.&nbsp; He did take one year out to work for The University of Alaska Anchorage as a visiting professor.&nbsp; Back in Texas, Stanley directed for stage at The University Theatre, produced and directed fifteen student staffed, cast, and crewed feature films, writing most of the original screenplays. Just a few of his credits are available on IMDB.com.</p><p>He now lives in the Texas Panhandle where he writes his fiction and runs his blog, <em>www.TheFictionWritersNotebook.com</em>.&nbsp; His webpage is http://www.jackrstanley.com.</p>