Growing up in the Rocky Mountains and graduating from the University of Colorado, Patrick Ashtre chose a career in the military opposed to one slugging it out in the office cubicles of corporate America. After serving twenty-six years in the Marine Corps as both an infantryman and aviator he took a fancy to a horizon of water over that of mountains. Spending his final tour in Japan, Ashtre retired from the marines and moved to the small tropical island of Phangan, located in the Gulf of Thailand, where he owned and operated a popular beachfront pub. After eight years of living, working, and traveling throughout Southeast Asia, he is now in the process of moving back to the Colorado Rockies. With a misspent youth and experiences from around the globe as a canvas, Ashtre will likely fill the pages of many more books before he closes his laptop for the last time. His non-fiction memoirs on PTSD A Distant Island will be released by Black Opal Books later this year.