Carl Deuker is a celebrated author of "top-flight sports writing matched to uncommonly perceptive coming-of-age stories". He describes his younger self as a classic second-stringer: "I was too slow and too short for basketball; I was too small for football, a little too chicken to hang in there against the best fastballs. So, by my senior year the only sport I was still playing was golf." . He was a teacher for many years in the Seattle area, where he now lives with his wife.