My name is Brian Hayden. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1954 into a middle-class, blue-collar, Jewish family. I am the middle child with a brother one year my senior, and a sister two years my junior. In 1961, my family moved to the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. I am the second generation, American-born son of Austrian and English grandparents on my father's side, and Polish and Russian grandparents on my mother's side. I enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1972, and was finally medically discharged in July of 1990.
I published my earliest book in 1999, entitled "Using Strategic and Tactical Planning to Make Your Veterinary Practice More Profitable." During that period, I wrote five scripts for educational videos. Then, in February of 2011, I published my memoir, "Death: Living To Talk About It." On August 20, 2012, I published my first work of fictional, "Five Short Stories and Twelve Poems." Now, after more than two years in the works, "Road To Transplant," my sequel to the memoir, is scheduled to be published November 17, 2012. I continue to write both fiction and nonfiction, maintain a weekly blog; recently, I've also began construction of a new, all inclusive website.
I married a wonderful girl, Denise, in August of 1974, and I'm happy to announce that we are still very much in love. We've been happily married for more than thirty-eight years, with two grown children. Our son, Joseph, married and has provided us with three absolutely wonderful grandsons. Our daughter, Angela, also married and has provided us with an additional three terrific step-grandsons. We currently reside in San Antonio, Texas, where we are surrounded by a support team of healthcare providers, family, and wonderful friends.