Patrick Clark holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is a retired U. S. Navy Commander whose active duty military career included four at-sea assignments as well as tours of duty on the U.S. Joint Staff and a diplomatic assignment to Saudi Arabia. He has recently reignited the passion for writing that drove him to his studies in writing and has published two short stories in an anthology titled, By The Bay, Stories of East Beach. His stories were titled Boneyard and the Town Hall Incident.A third short story titled Dead Drop will be included in the By The Bay II anthology scheduled for publication in April 2017. The Monroe Decision is Patrick’s debut novel.