At an early age, Jim Jeansonne got hooked on the underwater world by the writings of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, famous ocean explorer and co-inventor of the Aqualung (SCUBA). By age 14, Jim made his first SCUBA dive with his uncle, a Navy certified diver.

After graduating college as a marine biologist, with diversions into meteorology and environmental microbiology, Jim joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Jim was part of a scientific team that surveyed wrecks around coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and in other U.S. waters at the request of the Coast Guard.

As in his novel, they needed to know if the wrecks would poison the fragile reefs if they leaked oil, or become underwater wrecking balls if they broke up during storms. During this time, the author experienced the advantages, difficulties, and dangers of living and working as an aquanaut in an underwater habitat in the Florida Keys.

After more than twenty years with NOAA, the author retired in 2014. Jim currently lives in St. Pete Beach, FL and helps protect sea turtle nests as a volunteer with the non-profit Seaturtletrackers.org.

Jim Jeansonne