Jack Russ began writing short stories while in high school. After graduation from the University of Washington and commissioning as an Ensign in the Navy, Jack collected wartime anecdotes and incident details associated with his life aboard a destroyer escort, his first active duty assignment. That collection, intended for a future novel, was somehow lost during the next thirty years of his active service as a naval aviator.
In addition to flying and combat experience, Jack had numerous Navy teaching and staff assignments, requiring a wide variety of non-fiction writing tasks. Jack made notes of interesting incidents, challenges, successes and a few failures that could be fed into later short stories, or perhaps the novel that had rested in the back of his mind for years.
Upon retirement from the Navy, Jack and his wife moved to California. Jack joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, initially as Human Resources Manager, later as the Lab’s publisher. Jack retired after fourteen years with the laboratory, ran a consulting business for 9 years, then chose to retire and pursue the overdue challenge of writing fiction. He’d had more than enough non-fiction for a lifetime.
One Sunday morning newspaper carried a notice of an upcoming California Writers Club meeting. Jack joined the Mt. Diablo Branch of CWC and within two months became the membership chair. He has since served in several roles including President (3 years).
Jack’s first novel “In Dangerous Waters,” is based on his shipboard experiences aboard a destroyer in the Korean War, embellished by elements of pure fiction and recasting of the experiences of others. The novel awaits an agent and publisher. He has begun work on another novel tentatively titled “Sixty Days” based on a hypothetical future U.S. severance from the United Nations.
Affiliating with the super people of the “Writers On The Journey” literary critique group has been one of the top experiences of his career. He continues to learn and explore areas previously unknown thanks to their imaginative works and insightful recommendations regarding his work. They have become close and welcome friends for which he is truly grateful.