Al Past has been an author, a husband, father, grandfather, a musician, a Naval officer, a rancher, a house builder, and a professor of English and linguistics. His first book is still in print after 25 years: a collection of his arrangements of baroque masterpieces for two treble clef instruments (Charles Colin Publications). He has also collaborated with author Barry Yelton, providing the photographs to accompany Mr. Yelton's lambent poetry in On Wings of Gentle Power (Strider Nolan Media).
The first volume of the Distant Cousin series, the highly original tale of Ana Darcy that had haunted him for twenty years, had to wait to be written down until after his retirement from teaching. Readers have followed the adventures of Ana's family in the six companion volumes to date: Distant Cousin: Repatriation, Distant Cousin: Reincarnation, Distant Cousin: Regeneration, Distant Cousin: Recirculation, Distant Cousin: Two Worlds Daughter, and Distant Cousin: Santa Muerte.
The series is now in the early stages of development as a television series.
Dr. Past lives on a ranch in south Texas with his wife (a journalist and retired professor of Spanish) and way more animals than is good for him.