Like his protagonist, John Urban has worked as a college professor and sails the waters of Southern New England on an old wooden sailboat that he restored. He is a regular contributor to the blog Write On The Water, and his short stories have appeared in the anthologies Seasmoke and Deadfall.
The ocean was his desired destination from an early age. As a boy living a landlocked life in Western Massachusetts, nights were dedicated to reading about boats and watching Flipper and weekends were spent boating and fishing, April-to-October, on Long Island Sound. Thoughts of a career at sea ended early after a stint at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but the circle of life has come around some years later in the form of the fictional world of Steve Decatur.
Urban lives just outside Boston and spends his summers near the waters edge of Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound.
A Single Deadly Truth, published on Amazon Kindle, is Urban's debut novel. Urban Shorts - a Kindle e-book collection of four short stories and a book excerpt followed in May of 2011. As second Steve Decatur mystery, Devil's Bridge, is due out in the summer of 2011.