Greg Shepard graduated from California State University with a degree in mathematics, in 1970. He went on to a successful career in sales and as president of Greg Shepard and Associates International, Inc., traveled to nearly 50 countries around the world consulting with some of America's top multi-national sales teams. He retired in 2005 and lives with his wife of 45 years in Allen, TX. They have 6 children (and six by marriage) along with 15 grandchildren. The first nine grandchildren have been inducted into Grandpa's 10,000 Page Book Club, by reading 10,000 pages (chapter books) in their eighth year.
Greg first discovered the story of Matt and George Kimes in a conversation about family history with his grandfather in 1985. In 2011, after the passing of his mother, Greg renewed his efforts to write his family history, rediscovering the brothers and their incredible story. What he discovered so impressed him that he began to put pen to paper, resulting in his first novel of historical fiction, Earthstains. He thought he could bring the characters to life in a novel better than a simple retelling of history. Whether he achieved this objective is left to the reader to decide.