Eric Bernt was born in Marion, Ohio, and raised in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, and Madison, Wisconsin. He attended Northwestern University, where he learned that journalism was not for him—but storytelling was. Upon graduation, he moved to Hollywood, where he wrote seven feature films including Virtuosity (starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe) and Surviving the Game (starring Rutger Hauer, Gary Busey, and F. Murray Abraham). He has also written for the television program Z Nation. Eric lives in Agoura Hills, California, with his wife and three children. He is currently at work on the second book in The Speed of Sound thriller series: The Sound of Echoes, which is expected to be released June 2019.