D.A. Grady has spent much of his life in the west. Growing up, high school summers were spent chasing mustangs or wild horses, just outside of Reno, Nevada, where he and friends captured and broke them to ride, later selling them for school money.
A veteran, old school cowboy, he is most at home in that world, including, hunting, fishing and spending time with his animals.
After joining the U.S. Navy in 1962, he received a Presidential appointment to the Naval Academy, after which he rejoined the fleet and became part of America’s space program. While stationed aboard the USS Lake Champlain, he worked in air traffic control and was a member of the team used to recover Gemini III and Gemini V space vehicles.
Later, he joined the news staff of KSWO-TV in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he anchored the news desk for several years, during which he received the Salvation Army’s National Service to Mankind Award for a documentary he produced on nearby Snyder, Oklahoma, after it was devastated by a tornado.
In years to follow, D.A. entered U.S. Army civil service at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, as a logistician working in emergency management, designing and operating a first of its kind emergency operations center that played a key role in Operation Desert Storm.
During that time, he undertook the training of specialized dogs used in the detection of narcotics and explosives. He and his dog, King, were known nationwide for their efforts in detecting contraband in both military and federal law enforcement.
Later, he transferred to Ft. McPherson, Georgia, to become the Chief of the Army’s Away Team – a rapid response deployment unit, providing on-site management and reporting to the highest levels of the Pentagon.
Recruited by Dell Computer, D.A. came to Austin, Texas, where he worked as operations manager for its federal division.
Two years later he formed Solutions for Older Americans, LLC, a consulting firm, working exclusively with America’s senior citizens in an effort to help them improve their quality of life.
He is the author of The Horses of Paiute Canyon and is currently working on a number of projects with Annie Acorn Publishing LLC, the first of which, the novel Who’s Minding America, will be available soon.
Mr. Grady lives in Cedar Park, Texas, with his wife, Emma. His sons, Ken and Carl, live in Houston and daughter Angela lives close by.
He can be found at his website: www.bardsnest.com and also at his blogsite: http://wp.me/p5Bnng-qS You may follow him on Twitter as @dagsnotes.
Who’s Minding America?: A John Hatch Tale (John Hatch Tales Book 1) – a full-length action/adventure novel by D.A. Grady.
So You’ve Lost a Limb (D.A. Grady’s Nonfiction Book 1) – a guide to dealing with a new life of amputeeism aimed at amputees, caregivers, family and friends alike, written by someone who’s been there, amputee D. A. Grady.
Around the Campfire: Two Badge-Toters’ Tales – Tales told as if around a campfire on a working ranch by From Gents’ Pens authors D.A. Grady and Ron Shaw, drawing on life experiences including memories of their careers in law enforcement.
The Cow Camp Affair (D. A. Grady’s Western Tales Book 2) – A classic western novella set in the 1800s with full doses of romance and humor added for good measure by D. A. Grady.
The Horses of Paiute Canyon (D. A. Grady’s Western Shorts Book 1) – a novelette filled with the ambiance of the West and a splash of the paranormal.
Dark Tales From Gents’ Pens (Annie Acorn’s Dark Tales Book 1) – a collection of dark horror stories from the men of From Gents’ Pens.