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About the Author

Donald F. Averill grew up in the small farming town, Ritzville, Washington, and dreamed of becoming an astronomer. After receiving degrees in mathematics and chemistry from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, he attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, obtaining a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry.


After teaching at Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, for 24 years, Dr. Averill retired to Troutdale, Oregon, where he resides to this day. He began writing short stories in 2010 and published his first book in 2012. The Lighthouse Fire is his seventh book. He is currently writing a science fiction novel, The Kuiper Belt Deception.