Jack Salem, a New York native, moved to California as a teenager, received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA, and studied marketing and advertising at the University of Southern California and Columbia University. He later spent a glorious summer studying philosophy at Oxford University. When his children were 9 and 10, he and his wife spent their life savings on a year-long grand tour of Europe. He spent many years as owner of his own specialty-advertising corporation. He now spends his time researching and writing. His first novel, Heirs to the Pushcart Fortune was published in 2007. His new novel, Pausing For A Backward Glance was published in April 2011.