Randy likes helping people create better stories. Formally a Green Beret and an Army Ranger, he received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas in El Paso. He began a career as a freelance editor and writer after he retired from the military. Randy was the chief editor and co-writer of the NY bestseller Operation Pineapple Express by Scott Mann and ghostwrote The Wise Investor by Rich Fettke. He also ghostwrote three memoirs: Did I Make Them Proud by Phillip Jernigan, God Never Moved by Diane Tenney, and Life in the Fast Lane by Tom Dwelle. He hosted the Story Grid Showrunners podcast for two years, was the co-host for the human trafficking podcast called Selling Girls in America sponsored by Guardian Group, and wrote a blog on his webpage at www.randysurles.com that analyzed stories across different media. Randy is a certified Story Grid editor trained by Shawn Coyne and currently works as a ghostwriter, book coach, freelance writer, and freelance editor.