Dr. Stephen Sparacio, Sr. has taught English, including Journalism and Creative Writing, part-time at five colleges. At Baldwin Senior High School, Baldwin, L.I., he taught English and Journalism before becoming English Department Chairman and then Administrative Assistant to the Principal. As an Army journalist stationed in La Rochelle, France, he was Sports Editor of one of the three military weekly newspapers. A Public Information Specialist, he also wrote news and feature stories for the American Forces Radio Network, Army Times, N.Y. Herald Tribune (Paris Edition), Stars and Stripes, and hometown newspapers. For special occasions he wrote speeches for the Commanding General. A few poems and non-fiction articles have been published in various periodicals. For Cablevision TV, he wrote, narrated, and appeared in programs on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. He also edited the College Boards text book of Amsco publications. As an Adjunct Assisstant Professor at St. John's University, he was selected to be a consultant for the compact Norton Introduction to Literature, 8th edition. At Barnel ndash; Loft Publications, he was a part ndash; time proof reader and copy writer. For two years, he served part ndash; time as Assistant Dean at a local college. A graduate of Syracuse University with a B.A. degree in English, he also earned a Master's and Doctor's degree from Columbia University in New York City. He is married to the former Lucille Waaser of Baldwin and has two children, Stephen Paul, Jr. and Suzanne Sparacio Soetje. This is his second novel; the first, Strawberries and Diamonds, an Ellis Island Mystery, was published in 2008.