Ray Blackhall is an independent earth scientist and the founder and president of Cosara Energy Company. As a geologist, Ray and his company are actively involved in prospect generation and exploration for oil and gas and participate in the drilling of numerous wells along the Texas Gulf Coast. He is an active community member and is an officer and director of several local and national professional organizations. The author's intense interest in reading, research, and meshing scientific fact with contemporary fiction has resulted in realistic, topical, full-length novels. Ray is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Geology and received his Master's degree in Geology from Miami University. He has been happily married to his wife, Sally, since 1980 and they have one son, Colin. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, the author currently resides in Houston, Texas.