Cym Lowell was born in Montana to academics and spent his youth traveling the world. To put it politely, he was an undistinguished student, rewarded with assignment to the U.S. Navy at 18. After two years in Vietnam (1964 – 1966), college and law school were a challenge. Being a veteran in the political turbulence of the late 1960s and early 1970s taught humility. Raising three children in the Midwest and Texas brought love and responsibility. An international tax practice in the financial crises of the past 40 years provided insight into motivations of actors on the global stage. Friends, clients, adversaries, and colleagues, like victory and defeat, added color and context. The result is a writer with a treasure trove of experience to frame compelling characters enmeshed in heart-thumping challenges.
As Jaspar’s War was about to be completed, Cym wanted to find a means of honoring heroes returning from service. He knew that heroes of current wars were able to get to hospitals quickly and come home, unlike Vietnam-era heroes. Soldiers’ Angels (SA), a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization in San Antonio, Texas (with about five professional staff and 25,000 volunteers) has a program called “Valour-IT.” It provides voice-activated laptop computers for heroes returning from war who have lost the use of their hands due to amputations, paralysis, eye injuries, burns and brain trauma, enabling them to be in touch with families and units during their recovery and afterward. The military provides medical rehabilitation and software, but not the hardware needed for these devices. “In this way, I feel kinship with comrades whose names are inscribed in honor on the walls of the Vietnam Memorial,” Cym says when presenting the computers.
He formed OPERATION: NEXT CHAPTER through which 100 percent of the book’s proceeds have been, and continue to be, donated to SAs’ Valour-IT program. When he began, there were about 200 heroes on the waiting list for computers. To date, he has raised enough to provide for about 100 of those.
Having found success in his business career—he is an international tax attorney and a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and has published leading treatises in his field for more than 20 years—Cym decided to make a commercial effort out of book publishing.
His next novel, currently titled, Harvest of Gold, is scheduled to be released in early summer 2015. The background is the so-called Jewish Gold never accounted for at the end of the Holocaust. The proceeds from the sale of this book will go toward Patriot PAWS and the purchase of a service dog (each dog costs $27,000 to train) for injured soldiers.
Lowell has been a member of the International Thriller Writer’s organization since 2009.