John R Gardiner
John Reynolds Gardiner (1944-2006) traveled much during his life, describing himself as an author, engineer, inventor, rock-and-roll singer, door-to-door salesperson, songwriter, and Santa Claus. He resided in Ireland, Germany, Italy, El Salvador, England, and Mexico after being born in California. While in Idaho, he heard the mythology that inspired Stone Fox, and it became his first published piece. How to Live a Life That Isn't Dull is one of his other books.