William E. Butterworth was born in New Jersey and grew up in Boston, Philadelphia, and Manhattan. He joined the US Army in 1946 at age sixteen and was trained in counterintelligence. Butterworth served in Germany until released from active duty in 1947. He was studying political science in Germany when he was recalled to active duty to serve in the Korean War. While in Korea, he served as a combat correspondent. After his discharge from the Army in 1953, Butterworth worked at Ft. Rucker as a civilian information officer. He began writing novels during this time. His first novel, Comfort Me with Love, was published in 1960. After his third novel was published in 1962, Butterworth resigned from his job at Ft. Rucker to write full-time and moved to Fairhope, Ala. His first book for younger readers, The Wonders of Astronomy, was published in 1964. Butterworth has published over 125 novels and books for younger readers, under his own and numerous pen names. He divides his time between Fairhope and Buenos Aires, Argentina.