Robert Scott was born in New York. He has studied classical guitar, and completed a Masters degree in education. Following a 1994 concert series in Brazil, he moved to Colorado to teach and to complete a doctorate in educational leadership and policy study. He's now a headmaster. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children. Jay Gordon was born in New York. Before his death from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2005 he was a business programmer, then a network management specialist. He founded an independent consulting firm building corporate network and technology systems. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. THE HICKORY STAFF was Robert & Jay's first work of fiction.