Author of "Survivor: One Man's Battle with HIV, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis C," Vaughn Ripley has been writing all of his life. Born in Washington D.C. in 1967, and raised in the D.C. metropolitan area, he is a professional database administrator. Born a hemophiliac he has wrestled with Hepatitis C, which he recently beat after enduring a yearlong battle with medicine. He has also fought and continues to fight for more than twenty-three years in a battle with HIV and AIDS. Vaughn is one of the longest living HIV+ people on the planet. He and his wife went through many hardships and tribulations to finally have two children via in vitro fertilization. Vaughn has spent time racing motorcycles on the street and track. He excelled at rock climbing for more than seven years and attempted to climb Mount Rainier. He ran in and completed the New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon, raising more than $3,500 for AIDS care giving and research. He is a certified personal trainer and adamantly works out to stay healthy, fit and trim. Along with his adrenaline and fitness related hobbies, Vaughn is also an avid guitarist with a thirst for musical theory. In his spare time Vaughn enjoys writing, playing the guitar, weight lifting, mountain biking, four wheeling, and dabbling in poker. He lives with his wife Kristine, their daughter, Trinity and their son, Xander, in Maryland.
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams
Operating System: Linux
MP3 player of choice: Droid or iPod
Shell of choice: KSH
Personal Quote: Chivalry is not just a fancy word with a neat meaning; it’s a way of life.