Robert Gately was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but grew up on Long Island, New York as a Red Sox fan, a character-building experience as he remembers. He served in the US Navy for four years and had a career with AT&T for 27. He grew up loving movies and he includes in his life experience lessons learned in tales such as "Inherit the Wind", "Les Miserables", and "Twelve Angry Men". All during this time, he wrote with passion being inspired by the likes of Dickens, Heller, and Roth. Since retiring he's been writing full time and has enjoyed some recognition for winning 28 writing competitions, mostly for his screen and stage plays.