A graduate of the University of North Carolina and Duke Law School, James Garrison practiced law in Houston, Texas, as an in-house attorney with Texaco Inc. and its joint ventures until he was paid to go away in a corporate merger. Despite his wife’s expectation (and hope) that he would continue his legal career, he decided to stay home for the kids—in case they called from wherever they were in Germany or on the east coast. That’s when he started writing his first novel, QL 4, based on his experiences as a military policeman in Vietnam. QL 4 was published by TouchPoint Press in 2017. Set in the Mekong Delta in 1970, QL 4 is a tale of intrigue, betrayal, and crime among soldiers on the same side in an unpopular war. The title comes from the French colonial highway that carried traffic and people, including American soldiers, south from Saigon into the Mekong Delta in 1970. QL 4 won an award for literary fiction from the Military Writers Society of America in 2017, and it was a finalist for the 2018 Montaigne Medal. His creative nonfiction works have been published by daCunha.global online and the Manhattanville Review. His poems have appeared in the Houston Writers Guild Press Anthology, Out of Many - One (first prize for poetry), and Sheila-Na-Gig, which nominated "Lost: On the Staten Island Ferry" for a 2018 Pushcart prize.