A professional writer since 1963, Van Wolverton has had bylines as a newspaper reporter, an editorial writer, a political columnist, and a technical writer. He wrote his first computer program, one that tabulated political polls, for the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, Idaho, in 1965. His interests in computers and writing have been intertwined ever since. As a computer professional, Van has worked at IBM and Intel and has written software documentation for national software companies, including Microsoft Corporation. Besides being the author of the best-selling RUNNING MS-DOS, published by Microsoft Press, Van is also the author of Hard Disk Management and MS-DOS Commands, both Microsoft Press® Quick Reference Guides, and Supercharging MS-DOS. Van and his wife, Jeanne, live in a 21st-century log cabin near Alberton, Montana.