L.D. Zane was born in a small city in southeastern Pennsylvania, known for its steel and textile machine manufacturing industries. He served seven years in the Navy, which included one combat tour in Vietnam on river boats and five years aboard nuclear-powered, Fast Attack submarines. His first submarine mission was an under-ice expedition to the North Pole—an adventure few will ever experience.

L.D.’s life is quieter now. He is semiretired, still resides in the town of his birth, is a member of the Pagoda Writers Group, and finds that he’s been devoting more and more time to writing novels and short stories.

Why does he write? L.D. responds, “I believe everyone has a destiny to fulfill. Everyone. Whether or not they choose to follow or fulfill it is another thing.

“Sad as it may be, most of us fumble around for the better part of our lives, attempting to find our destiny through trial and error—if we find it at all! There usually is no divine intervention, no burning bush, no epiphany. I believe I have found my destiny—on a dare by a friend—to write about the human condition in all its messy, flawed glory. Not all stories have a happy ending or end in a tidy manner; nor should they. Life isn’t neat and tidy. I believe stories end the way they are supposed to, because each story has its own destiny as well.

“I also believe the universe has certain immutable laws, and perhaps just once in our lifetime there is a confluence of these laws, with a choice we have to make. I made mine. If we are fortunate we choose wisely and our destiny is fulfilled. However, we may never know if we made the correct choice. All we have is our belief that we made the right, and correct, decision. Nonetheless, we—and I am very much among the ‘we’—must always be careful what we wish for, and choose. Sometimes there are unintended, negative consequences.

“Unfortunately, Albert Jackson Heller (Jaks), the protagonist in my novel Becoming Big Al, has to learn about these universal laws, his choices, and their unintended consequences the hard way.”