About the Author
Edward A. Graves


IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE...
     What do Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights), Charles Frazier (Cold Mountain), Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird, Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook), Michael Blake (Dances With Wolves), and Andy Weir (The Martian), all have in common?  All of them were previously unpublished until the release of (their first published work).
...IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN


          Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Edward Anthony Graves.  I am a 57 year old man living in Oklahoma.  I was born in Ithaca, New York in 1959 to my wonderful parents who gave me a near perfect childhood.  But there's a lot of "Sully" in me as, from a very young age, I had a desire to experience as much of this life as possible.  And so at age 15, with $100 in my pocket, I purchased a Greyhound Ameripass which allowed me to travel anywhere in the US, as much as I wanted and wherever I pleased, for 90 days.  The ticket cost $99.87 and so I left Ithaca with 13 cents in my pocket to see the world (or at least America). Less than 2 years later, 10 days after my 17th birthday, I found myself in Navy Boot Camp.  For the next 5 years, first as a Top Secret Communication Specialist in an Anti-Submarine Warfare Squadron tracking Soviet Subs, and later as a Naval Photographer, I did indeed get to see the world.  After the Navy I had a few photography related jobs, finally landing as a Sales Rep for a photographic manufacturer.  This furthered my wanderings since it involved almost constant travel; for7 years - for 36 weeks per year, I would fly someplace on Monday, work there for a week, and fly home on Friday.  Destinations included the four corners and all points between of the US, Canada, Europe, and South America.  But during this time I also saw that the age of traditional photography was coming to an end, moving to digital, and since I didn't even know how to turn on a computer, thought it would  be a good idea to go to work for a software company.  I started for a small ($6 million/year) software development company as a sales rep, and left it as a $50 million/year company as the Manager of US Sales & Operations.  Left it for what?  For the horse business of course.  At first I bought and sold horses and tack, and then became an Independent Sales Rep covering Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and parts of Louisiana, Missouri, and Arkansas.  Business got a little slow at one point and so I tried my hand as a Corrections Officer at a prison - that was interesting!  I made my way back into the business world and worked as a retail store manager for a small local chain, and then a national chain, but grew weary of that business and began looking for something new.  That's how I accidentally became a Police Officer (a story in itself).  But then love came calling, and in order to merge my life with my fiance I returned to retail management, which brings me to today.  It's been an interesting adventure!

     And oh my, what adventures there have been.  A plain crash in Sicily, performing on Broadway at the Miss Universe Pageant, the murderer who knocked on my door, my parachute opening 2 1/2 seconds before impact, working in Mission Control during a Shuttle launch, an offer to go "human hunting" in the jungles of Guatemala, making the largest sale in the company's history, winning with my song at The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville (I can't sing or dance by the way), climbing a mountain just because it was there, staring at the stars so close and clear that I swore I could touch them from atop the Swiss Alps, watching fireworks while riding a camel in the Sahara desert, all with more than my share of sex, drugs, and rock & roll (no addiction problems btw) along the way, and a thousand more stories to fill the gaps that I'm confident you'd find ... interesting!

     Of course, there's also been loss and pain along the way - believe me, I've had more than my share of that too.  Ask if you need, but I'll not share that here.

     In fact, once I become known from the sale of Sully, I've got another project in the background.  "Edcetera... The True Life Story of a Slightly More Intelligent but Far Less Innocent Forrest Gump".  It's my story and take my word, it'll be a good read!

     So why do I tell you all of this?  I'd like you to understand a little about me.  I've been there and done that, I understand things, and I know how to do new things and make them successful.  But perhaps more importantly to establish my reputation.  Throughout all of those travels, adventures, and experiences I've had the opportunity to meet and work with a tremendous number of people.  I believe, I am confident, that were you to visit with any of these people, you'd find the same things repeated over and over again about me: Ed's a good guy, you can trust him, he's honest, he's real, he always does what he says, says what he means, and means what he says.  Sully is the next chapter in my life and I'm hoping that you'll help make that happen.

     And finally, to address something conspicuous in its absence above, are my writing credentials.  It's true, despite several efforts, I've never been commercially published.  I've been a writer all my life, and desired to be published just as long, but the two things have never come together.  I have had a small newspaper column for a period of time, had a minor magazine article published, and had a business proposal purchased to serve as an example, but no major literary sales until now.  But in almost every professional position I've ended up becoming the defacto writer for the company: newsletters, training manuals, motivational material, policies and procedures, video scripts, proposals, and a wide variety of other documents are all established credits.  And yes, I've tried, admittedly unsuccessfully, to get published before.  In my files are: an amazing sales methodology entitled SOLD, a non-fiction effort studying THE AMERICAN GENERAL STORE in America's Old West, an elegant and simple philosophy that offers a unique perspective on a subject as simple as the meaning of life called A LOGICAL CONCLUSION, and of course, the aforementioned EDcetera just for fun.  I have not been previously published, but I have written, successfully, a lot.  I am a writer.  It is my hope that Sully will be my first commercial success.  It has happened before, It will happen again.

     And on a final note in this "About Me" section I'd like to add my dedication of this site to the real Sully, the namesake for my character.  Sully was one of the best and most important men in my life.  He was my other brother, my other Dad.  May he rest in peace and smile on this endeavor.​





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