Jack Ballard was raised in a third-generation Montana farm and ranch family. He attended school in Three Forks, where he excelled as a distance runner and marginally lived up to his academic potential. Following high school his academic life found some order. He holds two Master’s degrees and before becoming a professional writer/photographer, held the position of University Lecturer at Montana State University-Billings for over a decade. Jack lives in Red Lodge, Montana, with his sweetheart, Lisa Densmore. He has three children: Micah, Dominic and Zoe.