Soldier, Scientist and Author Extraordinaire
Alex Gabbard is a 52 year old southern writer and author living in Knoxville, TN. He is originally from Berea, KY, where his early life rotated between a small college town with his father and a tobacco farm in the mountains of North Carolina with his mother. He learned about hard labor and at the same time, fired his curiosity to learn. His mother's artistic talents helped mold his appreciation for the arts while the realism of father's economic failure and early death shaped his future.
Alex became a special weapons expert during the Viet Nam era, then attended college afterwards. Nine more years of education and experience refined his professional interests. He was not yet arts bound, but instead, became an atomic physicist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he works today.
Ultimately his love of cameras and computers brought Alex prominence among automotive writers for his skill at capturing fast cars on film and in print. Now with hundreds of magazine features and ten books to his credit, two having received “Book of the Year” honors and Moto Awards, Alex keeps on writing and has finally set his goal to become a published novelist.
Alex's introduction to mass market publications came through his automotive books, which have sold well, but his RETURN TO THUNDER ROAD, a history of moonshining in the Appalachians, has proven to be his biggest success yet. With two novels in search of a publisher, and ten more in various stages of completion, along with a script waiting to become a movie and a book, and touring with new vehicles for travel/road test magazine features, Alex manages somehow to keep up with the market, his own mail-order business related to his books, and a full time job.
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