Neil Sogge was born and raised in western South Dakota. He graduated from South Dakota State University in 1985, and on graduate school level received a Masters of Library Science in 1990 from University of California, Los Angeles and an English Masters at Western Washington University in 1995. Later he enrolled in Long Ridge Writer’s Group on a correspondence basis and completed the coursework in 2008. Scandinavian languages and their translation is a passion with him. He lives in Bellingham, Washington.