Nelson Richard DeMille (born August 23, 1943) is an American author.
DeMille was born in Jamaica, Queens and resides in Garden City, New York, a
village on Long Island. He attended Elmont Memorial High School in Elmont, New
York, is a graduate of Hofstra University and served in the Vietnam War. He is
also a member of Mensa.
DeMille has also written under the names Jack Cannon, Kurt Ladner,
and Brad Matthews.
DeMille has written himself into Up Country and Wild Fire. He
takes about two years to write books because of extensive research, and because
he writes them longhand on legal paper with a number one pencil.
He married Virginia (Ginny) on 17 September 1988. She
has Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Ohio State University. They both had
children from previous marriages: she had one and he had two. They had no
children together. Their marriage ended in 2002.