Christopher Ryan Parent is a native of Woodland Park, Colorado. He is the oldest of two sons born to parents who are both teachers. In high school, he ran cross country, played clarinet in the jazz band, and was a state forensics champion two years in a row as an extemporaneous speaker. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power school where he graduated at the top of his class and was retained as an instructor for two years. He then spent four years as chief electrician on the attack submarine USS Columbia while it patrolled the Pacific. He left the Navy after eight years to become a wire line engineer for Schlumberger, the world’s largest provider of oil field services. He is currently a project manager in Saudi Arabia. Besides spending time with his wife, he enjoys music, photography, shooting, reading, and their two cats. He currently lives in Firestone, Colorado.