I am a retired biology teacher and naturalist in the Pikes Peak Region. Most of my research has involved the response of insects to forest thinning. But I also write fiction. Once in conversation with novelist Stephen Coonts (the Saucer books are my favorites), he said, “All my writing is just telling lies.” Man, I thought, that’s just what I do! So I have two lives. One day I do science, which involves gathering evidence and creating logical explanations for phenomena, and the next I write novels, which involves creating wonderful lies. As long as I don’t get my wires crossed, I’m good. (Cover photo: Jeremy Sueltenfuss, overlooking the Crater from Windy Point on Pikes Peak).