Alex Bertea was born in Southern California, where he grew up going to airshows and visiting out-of-the-way airfields to play on derelict World War II warplanes. He has flown numerous aircraft, having stick time in a Douglas AD-5N, Grumman HU-16 Albatross, and a Grumman C-1 Trader among others. He is a former reserve police officer, an EMT, and an emergency radio communicator. He has a BA in History from Boston University, an MLIS degree from the University of Washington, and his interests include writing, flying, sailing, biathlon, cross-country ski marathons, and backcountry hiking.

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