About the Author
Brett Edward Stout, the son of two successful entrepreneurs, was born in Cedar Rapids Iowa in 1978. At the age of 18 he joined the United States Marine Corps where he studied Russian at the renowned Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. After attending a secondary school in Texas he was stationed at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base, Hawaii as a Russian cryptologic-linguist and weapons marksmanship instructor before being honorably discharged in 2002. He worked in 2000, 2001, and 2002 for the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) . He worked for HIFF under a variety of titles that included Jury Coordinator and Database Administrator. In 2002, the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation appointed him as their Executive Director of the foundation and their primary event, now called the Rainbow Film Festival. He remained a member of the board until he left to attend the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa where he majored in Russian Language. His passion for writing began when he wrote his first poem in 4th grade almost getting himself suspended from school; he's been in love with writing ever since. Brett Edward Stout's debut novel is Sugar-baby Bridge and he is now at work on the follow-up novel The Lives Between.