Ron Seckinger is a former university professor and CIA analyst, senior executive, and counterintelligence officer. By his own count, he has watched more than 600 spy films. Retired, he lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife. Mark started making crossword puzzles in retirement and was soon published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and Simon & Schuster's Mega Crossword Puzzle Book series. Mark read all of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels when he was in high school (and Ian Fleming was still alive). His love of those novels sometimes shows in his puzzles - keep a keen eye out for clues!