Brian Lehman, besides working on several novels, has had a variety of life experiences. As a teenager and later he worked in the family liquor store where he learned to deal with an endless stream of interesting situations and people. After a couple years of college he spent four years in the United States Navy working in communications on three different ships. One of those was a destroyer where he became a Vietnam Veteran. Serving on that warship as well as the other ships and duties he took part in contributed to the inspiration and authenticity of his storytelling for WAR PAINT. After his time in the navy he finished college, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree, and spent 32 years teaching elementary school. There he discovered that his experience dealing with liquor store customers and the navy bureaucracy turned out to be more useful that you might think.
Parts of FINDERS TAKERS is based on some of his life experiences as well. Readers might be interested to know that the parts of the book that are set in Bakersfield, California are lifted directly from the neighborhood where he grew up in Fresno, California. “I took that neighborhood, street names and all, and set it down in Bakersfield. I needed it to be closer to Las Vegas and Los Angeles.”
And, on top of everything else, he says he’s a decent cook, but he doesn’t practice guitar very much because he’s busy writing his next novel which might be published by the end of the year or just into next year.