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About the Author

The author grew up in the 1960s as part of a navy family, the youngest of three children. His father was a navy combat jet pilot where his career demanded him to move his family back and forth across the country several times. The author was born in Pensacola, Florida, but if you ask where he’s from, he will tell you the United States. His family finally settled down in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 1972. Brooks was going into the eighth grade for what then was a five-year stretch in high school. He had always thrived in school, never having to work too hard. He was always very athletic and succeeded in both wrestling and gymnastics. His athletic passion now is big sailboat racing where he works the cockpit on a thirty-seven-foot sailboat.

By day, Brooks works as an asset manager for a large car rental company, and by night, he mostly watches television and even admits he is addicted to hour-long drama series. When he was in his early fifties, his doctor diagnosed him as having signs of depression. With the doctor’s help to manage his depression, the author was inspired to write his first book—a memoir showcasing the ups and downs of his life. He’d hoped to inspire others that might have had similar life trials to seek out help as well. The inspiration and admiration for a lifelong friend and her family has motivated the author to write this children’s book as a tribute to them.