A Navy pilot since 1979, Austin Boyd has served as an aerobatics instructor, nuclear arms officer, and patrol plan commander. A four-time Navy astronaut finalist, he ultimately served as the Navy's director of space plans and policy before retiring to Huntsville, Alabama where he lives with his wife of twenty-six years, Cindy, and their four children. He continues to support space, aviation, and NASA through his work with Science Applications Internal Corporation (SAIC). As an active Christian for more than thirty years, Boyd has served in a variety of lay ministries. In addition to writing the Mars Hill Classified series Boyd has also penned award-winning poetry as well as a one-act play.