G. Bennett Humphrey, MD, PhD, completed his graduate studies in medicine and biochemistry at the University of Chicago. Following the events of this book, he retrained in pediatrics, with oncology and hematology as his subspecialties. He taught pediatric oncology at a number of universities, including as a visiting professor in Japan, Europe, and the United States. Over his career, Humphrey has written numerous articles and chapters and has edited several pediatric oncology books. He retired in 2005. He initially enjoyed long distance cycling and later stated a hobby of creative writing in poetry and prose.
In 2013, his chapbook entitled The Magpie Cried, containing poems about his youth, was published. That year he was named Senior Poet Laureate of Colorado. Three short stories from this Breaking Little Bones have been published previously, two by Whispering Angel Press and the other by Johns Hopkins University Press. Ben lives in the mountains of Colorado where he enjoys writing, hiking, and exploring historical sites of this beautiful state with his son, Geordie, daughter, Hilary, and grandchildren, Grant, Hailey and Dotty.