Since 2002, Bert Vandiver has served as the president and CEO of LR Commercial Construction, Inc., in Waco, Texas. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, flying, and reading. Bert Vandiver includes Greg Iles among his favorite authors.
Born in Germany in 1960, Greg Iles moved to Natchez, Mississippi, early in childhood, and he still lives and works in the city today. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1983, Iles spent several years playing guitar in a band called Frankly Scarlet, but he eventually grew tired of life on the road and turned his attention to writing.
He released his first novel, Spandau Phoenix, in 1993, and it soon found a spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Since then, Iles has written 11 more bestsellers, including The Quiet Game and Natchez Burning, which both feature the protagonist Penn Cage. Iles, who has written in several genres over the course of his career, is currently working on a graphic novel called The Lost Century.