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Last Updated on May 8, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 319

Will Hobbs was born on August 22, 1947, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since his father was an engineer in the Air Force, Will and his sister and three brothers moved frequently, giving Will the experience of growing up in the Panama Canal Zone, Alaska, Virginia, Texas, and California.

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He credits much of his interest and expertise in the outdoors to scouting, which he says he became involved in because of his mother's influence—she herself was an Eagle Scout who once met Eleanor Roosevelt at an International Girl Scout Conference.

Will attended and graduated from Stanford University where he earned his B.A. and M.A. in English. After graduating, Will and his wife Jean moved to Colorado in 1972 where he taught secondary school from 1973 to 1989. They both love the outdoors and the natural settings that Will incorporates into his books. They have no children, but enjoy including their nieces and nephews on their wilderness adventure trips. In Bearstone the natural locales where Cloyd and Walter find themselves are based on the back country of the Weminuche Wilderness very close to the Hobbs's home just outside Durango. Will says that the places in this novel are real, and he visits them often.

Hobbs unashamedly admits to loving "romantic adventure," and he hopes to "inspire in [his] readers the affection" he feels for "wild places and the other creatures with whom we share the planet." His novels reflect his easy and comfortable relationship with the fragile strength and power of nature, and his awareness and respect for the strength and power of human nature as well. In all his books, Will sets a teenage protagonist in and against a natural setting, and readers experience the struggle, growth, and triumphs that result. As such, his books have proven to be popular, valuable portraits of young people emerging from pain and insecurity into self-awareness and confidence as they are tested by natural, and human, forces.

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