About the Author

Author photo of Gregory O. Smith

Gregory O. Smith loves life!

I, Greg Smith, grew up in a family of four boys that rode horses, explored Old West gold mining ghost towns, and got to help drive an army tank across the Southern California desert in search of a crashed airplane!

Hamburgers are my all-time favorite food! (Hold the tomatoes and pickles, please.) Boysenberry pie, topped with homemade vanilla ice cream, is a close second. I also like doing family history research to find out more about my ancestors and where they lived in the world. I also love writing fun, family-friendly adventure books for children and adults.

My wife and I have raised five children and we now enjoy playing with our grandkids. I have been a Junior High School teacher and lived to tell about it. I have also been a water well driller, game and toy manufacturer, army mule mechanic, gold miner, railroad engineer, and living history adventure tour guide. (Think: dressing up as a Pilgrim, General George Washington, a wily Redcoat, or a California Gold Rush miner. Way too much fun!)

My design and engineering background has enabled me to build things people can enjoy such as obstacle courses, waterwheels and ride-on railroads. I write books that are fun filled, technically accurate, and STEM supportive. (I do wish I could figure out how to stop Tim Wright, one of my book characters, from drawing on the front covers of my nice new books.)

I enjoy visiting with readers and hearing about their favorite characters and events in my books. Please feel free to contact me. I hope you totally enjoy my adventure books and please tell others about them, so they can enjoy them, too!

Author Gregory O. Smith plowing a field with a hand plow
Author Gregory O. Smith driving a battery-powered Gold Mining Locomotive, pulling passengers in train cars, during his popular and successful living history adventure tour program.
Author and Smith Ranch tour guide raising the "76" Battle of Bennington flag at log Fort Daniel Boone in Julian CA
The Treasure of the Lost Mine children's book cover, book #1 of the fun and exciting Wright Cousin Adventure series by author Gregory O. Smith