Fred Gellman graduated from Northern Illinois University and received his MBA from the University of Colorado. His fascination with legends and the unexplained drives him to find answers through research and investigation. In writing Wreck Dive, he drew upon his experiences with the tarot and the paranormal. He’s sailed throughout the Caribbean and Lake Michigan, the setting of the story. As a PADI-certified scuba diver, he experienced a harrowing nighttime wreck dive in turbulent waters. The 1929 shipwreck portrayed in the novel is an incident he researched and the disputed causes of the wreck are accurately depicted.