Kevin Gerard Neill is a former U.S. soldier whose time in the military as a U.N. Peacekeeper in the Middle East and a period as a refugee relief worker in Croatia contributed to the evolution of the novel set In the Levant, A Cypress Tree Has No Shadow. Other Middle East fiction, Checkpoint 104, has appeared in The Bangalore Review. Along the way, he had a career in public health that ranged from working on childhood immunization programs to emergency public health preparedness and had journal articles on women’s health published in the United States and abroad. Kevin’s travels have also included several years living and working in the UK. He now resides in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.