According to the bio on Amazon: "He was raised in Michigan before moving to southern California after college to escape the frigid winters. Following a successful high technology business career, he decided to embrace his lifelong passion for writing and is thrilled to release his fourth novel a science-fiction thriller; The Doomsday Portal. He lives in San Diego with his wife and amazing family. When not writing, Rik enjoys playing with his imaginary golden retriever "Havo", hitting the golf links, reading historical fiction, watching soccer and traveling to exotic locales. Once a month he plays high stakes Texas hold'm poker with the fictional characters Mitch Rapp, Alex Cross, Jack Reacher and Will Robie... "