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Jim Hammond was born in Patterson, New Jersey, and grew up along the Eastern Seaboard. After a stint as a radar tech in the Navy in the South China Sea, Hammond pursued a career in the electronics industry where he was a designer, field support specialist, and technical instructor for more than 30 years. His work and interests have taken him around the world, and his writing interests are eclectic, drawing from experiences in Ireland and Israel, as well as in California, where he lived for many years. Hammond and his wife live in New Mexico with their three cats.