Ethan Cross was born and raised in a small town in rural Illinois. When a fireman or a policeman would visit his school, most of his classmates' heads would swim with aspirations of growing up and catching bad guys or saving someone from a blazing inferno. When these moments came for Ethan , however, his dreams weren't to someday be a cop or put out fires; he just wanted to write about it. Now his dream of telling stories on a grand scale has come to fruition with the release of his new thriller, The Shepherd. Ethan Cross still lives in Illinois with his wife and two daughters. The Shepherd is his first novel.