Simon W. Herbert was born on Jersey, the largest of Great Britain's Channel Islands. In 1974, rather than following his father's advice to enter the Royal Air Force, he left the island to earn a degree in industrial design before moving to British Columbia, Canada.
After moving to the United States, he worked as a carpenter, and was involved with overseas service work in Senegal and the Philippines, before completing a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to consulting on numerous historic architectural projects, Herbert taught for more than ten years, first as an associate professor at Belmont Technical College, and then as director of the Arkansas Institute for Building Preservation Trades. In addition to working for local government in Southern Arizona, Herbert is an architectural photographer. His other interests include kayaking, scuba diving, and fine scale modeling.
Herbert was inspired to research the history surrounding his father's experiences as a navigator in Bristol Beaufighters during World War II. He flew with 272 Squadron in North Africa and the Middle East. Herbert wrote Wings Over Cairo, his first novel, while riding the bus to and from work. He lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Kate.
For more information on his new novel Wings Over Cairo, please visit Simon W. Herbert's website.
Wings Over Cairo: When Jack McClelland joins the Advanced Flying Unit at RAF Ramsey in early 1941, he is one of many hot shot pilots who take to the air to defend Britain. But he finds out the hard way that a thwarted senior officer can carry a grudge, especially when a beautiful woman is at the heart of their rivalry. As love and war collide, McClelland finds himself in an impossible situation, forced to choose between following orders on a doomed suicide run, or disobeying a commanding officer to accomplish the mission in Egypt. Set in the early, desperate days of World War II, here is a tale of courage, love, and the struggle to win over adversity, based on the actual exploits of the men of the RAF's 272 Squadron.