Bio: Ted Magnuson began his writing career as a feature writer for a small Florida daily newspaper, the Pasco East. By the 1980?s he had begun ?writing policies,? as they say in the insurance business?Lumber properties were his specialty. He moved to the Pacific Northwest because ?that?s where the trees are.? Life was good. Ted married and became a father. He went on to insure against industrial accident for manufacturers in all industries, restaurants and even schools. Then he heard the bad news? In 1999, his sister Laura died. She was a young woman and the experience prompted Ted to sit down and begin writing The Moses Probe. In 1992, a shortened version of the story won an Honorable Mention at the Pacific Northwest Writer?s Conference. In 1998, Rutledge Hill Press published Oregon Trivia, a 1200 item list of interesting facts Ted compiled on his adopted state. Ted has taught children at the middle school level and lectured at Portland State University. His articles have appeared in the Oregonian. These days, he works in hospice and is an avid cyclist and outdoorsman. His current project is a family saga called The Hill. Set in St. Louis, Missouri, the story follows Buck Elser and Randy Allen as they react and other react to their parents mixed marriage, a family business and inheritance. These people, the Elsers and the Allens describe the way they live together (or not), even as the civil rights movement, the women?s? movement, the Vietnam War and political assassinations change the face of the country.