About the Author
Captain D. M. Ulmer, a 1954 graduate from the US Naval Academy, served thirty-two years in submarines and submarine support related assignments. He authored Silent Battleground, Shadows of Heroes; Count the Ways, Missing Person, the Roche Harbor Caper and the Long Beach Caper. He contracted his first published book at age seventy-nine. Now, eighty-one, Ulmer into a third Submarine action thriller, Smokeboaters. He said recently, "I'm working hard to figure out what I want to be when I grow up." Captain Ulmer volunteers twice weekly at a local hospital. He says of this, "What a fabulous job. On the way to work, if I had a tail, it would be wagging. Interfacing personally with a hundred plus patients per month is likely the most inspiring experience of my life. Many of these personalities find there way into my novels. Art imitates life, I'm told." In a recent Patriot Media, Inc. interview D.M. shared his career history and lined up his priorities: "Thirty-two years in the Submarine Service was a good start. Next came Boeing Company (1979-96), but this was not my career either; my life-long goal; be a published book author." We at Patriot Media couldn't agree more. Captain Ulmer went on to say, "Getting old is not for sissies. But if you want to keep it going just remember; sitting on one's laurels is fatal. What you have done does not sustain; only what you do can achieve that. Success is often the death knoll for an author. Suddenly, he learns he's good (even though likely he has always suspected this). Sight is lost of what got him there; constant need to improve, essential for writing good novels. Without that incentive, a writer might just as well tuck his head beneath his wing. An author who believes he alone accounts for his novel has much to learn. Take away editors, cover layout artists and competent reviewers--getting published remains only a dream." Aside from writing exciting submarine thrillers, romance novels, and now launching a new detective series with his series included in Patriot Media, Publishing's Tea and Crumpet Capers, Ulmer enjoys sailing, flying in old Stearman Bi-planes, and continues to visit his Submarine friends whenever possible. When he's not writing or working, he gives his time to his community of Redmond, WA. In addition to his work at Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Ulmer volunteers at the Seattle Museum of Flight. He lives in Redmond, WA with his ever-supportive wife Carol.