Marshall E Gass is settled in New Zealand. He is married with two adult children. His writing career spans four decades and started at an early age. The first published work goes back to the early 70s when he appeared in local magazines and newspapers as a feature writer and poet. This rapidly expanded to national and international journals and magazines in a wide range of topics from literature to short stories, business management, religion and philosophy, economics, opinion columns, technology and technology education and research and information technology and computers. As an academic he has two Masters Degrees and two Post Graduate Diplomas in English Literature, Science, Teaching and Information Technology Education. He also has an incomplete PhD and is now contemplating further Doctoral study in Religion on Contemplation on the writings of Thomas Merton, the Cistercian monk. Writing Poetry is his first passion and through his poems readers will discover a person of wide interest with a sharp incisive mind that approaches all learning with reverence and joy. That approach to understanding the power of the pen is discernible in all his works. Marshall enjoys solitude and silence and finds time to read, write and take his dog Petals for walks. After a long career in business and teaching he has now settled down to pursue his passion for writing. Having published five poetry books, and three novels within two years time, he has set himself a scorching pace of five books each year and the evidence that this is possible is clearly visible. Velvet Voice & Vice is his 6th published book. Marshall is widely read and travelled and his ancestral background from opposite ends of the British Empire is testimony to the skill he exhibits in the English Language and ethnic nuances that permeate through his writing. He is a keen listener and an ardent fan of the All Blacks in New Zealand.