Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, King graduated from the University of North Carolina with both a bachelor's and a master's degree in English. He traveled abroad and worked in publishing in England before returning to the United States to be a contributing editor to Men's Life Magazine. Writing for various magazines first, King then turned his attention to penning nonfiction books and moved back to Virginia.
A cancer survivor, a cross-country hiker, and a nautical enthusiast, King has incorporated his life into his books. Cancer Combat details ideas and tactics for cancer victims to help them fight their disease. Sea of Words helps the reader understand seafaring terms from Patrick O'Brian's adventure novels and relates stories of people during that era. Perhaps his most famous work thus far, Skeletons on the Sahara: A True Story of Survival, has received awards, been featured in Time magazine, was serialized in National Geographic Adventure, and used as a basis for a two-hour documentary aired on the History Channel. King walked over the Sahara and rode on a camel, retracing the steps of Captain James Riley and his men, in order to truly envision the hardships they faced before penning his book.
When he's not hiking and adventuring, King writes and lives with his wife and family in Virginia.
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