G. Russell Peterman is a graduate of Thomasville, Missouri High School, Southwest Missouri State College, and Vanderbilt University. After retiring from teaching after 30 years, he turned to writing. Gene Russell Peterman writes as G. Russell Peterman. He collected up his forty years of poems and published them. Also, he co-authored with his daughter Kriston Peterman-Dunya four novels (two Historical fictions and two science fictions) and three short story collections. Writing his first novel alone was Luck's Wild, a Civil War story. This novel, Blue, is his second novel written alone and his tenth offering. G. Russell Peterman is married, a father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He believes in community service and has been a volunteer for 41 years. He was elected to the Fire Board of Directors , served 20 years as Treasurer and fire fighter, and earned the Missouri State Certification as a level 3 Fire Instructor. He was appointed Treasurer of the local water district and served for 19 years. He was appointed to the Cape Girardeau County Planning Commission, elected Chairman, and served 2 years.