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I am former U.S. Navy lieutenant, which is the source of my Pen Name - XUSNLT.  In 1988, I originally enlisted in the Navy with the intention of attending Nuclear Power School.  As I waited for my departure date, the Navy's college program recruiters reviewed my test scores and started to offer me some alternatives to my original plan.  They really piqued my interest with a college prep program called the BOOST (Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training) School.  Graduates of the program had the chance to attend college on an NROTC scholarship; top graduates had the chance to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  To make a long story short, I was accepted to the BOOST School, performed very well and earned an appointment to the Academy.  Four years later, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in English; yes, a B.Sc. in English due to the math- and science-heavy Core Curriculum in Naval Science. 
As a naval officer, I served as one of the first crewmembers on a brand new minesweeper, as one of the last crewmembers on a destroyer being sold to a foreign navy and as part of an admiral's staff.  I was able to visit England, Spain, Italy, Canada (Nova Scotia), Mexico (Acapulco), Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Chile.  It was a challenging and rewarding experience overall.  The strength of the military is definitely the people who serve!
After the military, I re-entered the civilian workforce as a sales consultant for a security company.  I moved into a sales manager position with that company before trying my hand in the construction business.  After that year-long experiment, I returned to the security sales industry at the invitation of my old boss, who had started working at another company.  After a few years with that company as a sales consultant and operations manager, I took my sales abilities to the world of commercial pest control, a world that was eye-opening to be sure, but not a good fit for me.  After a year of seeing far too many roaches, rats and bedbugs, I moved into automotive sales. 
While selling is a transferable skill, I quickly learned that car selling was a different animal from the selling I had done before.  My timing could not have been worse as I joined the car business at its nadir in 2009.  Nonetheless, I succeeded and eventually moved up to a finance manager position.  As different as car sales was from my previous sales background, finance sales was different from selling cars.  That being said, our finance department managed to improve over the previous year's performance every month that I was working in the department.  Now, I am trying my hand at doing something that I love, writing!
In my personal life, I have been divorced for ten years, raising my three children alone during that time.  My daughter and older son are teenagers, while my younger son will be a teenager in 2014.  We live in my home state of Texas and love the Cowboys!  I am an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction alike.  Politics, social issues and religion are my favorite subjects.  As a Christian, my faith is important to me and plays a large role in my thinking.  However, I try to tailor my arguments to my audience and will refer to non-Biblical sources more often than I refer to the Bible unless the topic is specifically religious.
Ultimately, I hope to earn a full-time income as a writer, so wish me luck, remember me in your prayers or both.  I look forward to entertaining and educating as many people as I can with the talent that I've been given.
 

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