Mike Lawson was raised in Pueblo, Colorado with a passel of brothers and one sister. He then attended college at Seattle University and got a degree in engineering. After college, he went to work for the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineer and spent about 30 years working for the Navy’s nuclear power program. Lawson ended his career as a member of the government’s Senior Executive Service. In 2004 "The Inside Ring" got Mike Lawson a two-book deal with Doubleday. By the end of 2019, he will have published 16 novels, 13 in the DeMarco series and three in the Kay Hamilton series. His new book is "House Witness" was released in February 2018.