Philip P. Thurman lives and writes in Lake Mary, Florida, with his wife, Donna, and three children, Matthew, Elizabeth, and Paul. He has written several books, but "The Gilded Prospect" is his first published novel. His personal and professional life has brought extensive domestic travel, international journeys in Europe and Central America, and childhood in the Alaskan and Canadian forests. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing with a particular appreciation of North America's remaining wilderness. An English major and graduate of Stetson University, he is employed as a manufacturing quality assurance executive.