Dallas Murphy grew up in South Florida, where, diving, fishing, and sailing, he fell in love with the ocean and particularly the Gulf Stream. He is the author of two professionally produced plays, The Terrorists and The Explorers, and eight books, a mix of fiction and nonfiction. His three-book series, Lover Man, (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Lush Life, and Don’t Explain were about a reluctant sleuth who lives off his dog, star of screen, TV, and dog food boxes. Apparent Wind was about a real estate swindle and ecological destruction in the Florida Keys. Most recently, he published Rounding the Horn, a nonfiction account of Cape Horn, including exploration, human and natural history structured around his own sailing trip down by the Horn. In 2007, he published To Follow the Water, about the history of physical oceanography and its evolution to the present. In addition to writing, Murphy regularly participates in oceanographic expeditions.