Ridley Pearson is the Edgar-nominated author of over sixty novels including two New York Times #1 bestsellers. Research for his novel Undercurrents helped law enforcement to solve three active homicide investigations. A Fulbright fellow, he has taught creative writing at Fudan University in Shanghai, China and Boise State University.

Ridley met Dave Barry (with whom he later co-wrote 10 novels, including Peter and the Starcatchers) when the two were recruited into an all-author rock-and roll band created to raise funds to support 1st Amendment causes. The band has remained together, playing for 33 years and raising over 3.5 million dollars for non-profits.  Members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Scott Turow and Mitch Albom.