John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and dug into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What’s in My Garden!, in 2014. That was followed by Bacon Grease & Baseball in 2019. He lives in Matthews, NC with his wife, near four of his eight grandchildren.