Arl Farris has never been one to shy away from adventure. The spirit of his novels captures the way he lives, with the sun on his face and wind in his hair.
He began his career as a police officer in Orange County, California. He worked uniform patrol, investigations and crime task forces. A tenacious worker, Arl quickly earned the reputation as a man on the move. He earned a master's degree in Negotiations and Conflict Management and worked his way up the chain of command. When he promoted to Chief of Police at a municipal police department in Los Angeles County, he was one of the youngest to ever achieve that rank.
Although he took a great deal of pride getting hardened criminals off the streets, he was equally concerned with passing his knowledge on to others. Arl served as an explorer scout leader, a docent at the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, and as a police academy range instructor. He has volunteered countless hours rebuilding water catchments in the Mojave National Preserve with the Society for the Protection and Care of Wildlife, and has been a frequent competitor at the US Police and Fire Games participating in a number of shooting sports.
After retiring from the police department, Arl has not slowed down. He has been a bodyguard for Hollywood celebrities and worked in corporate security. Additionally, he was a civilian advisor in Afghanistan, embedded with an army maneuver unit in the Horn of Panjwai, and with Special Forces in Kabul.
Arl and his wife, Nancy, have been married over thirty years. They live in Franklin Tennessee, and have two adult children.
Arl draws on his knowledge of policing and love of the outdoors for inspiration in writing novels. Among his favorite authors include Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Ambrose, Nelson DeMille, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Lee Child. It was Stephen Cannell who planted the seed that Arl could also be an author.