Clive Cussler was born in Aurora, Illinois. He grew up in Alhambra, California. At the age of 14, he was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. During the Korean War, he was enlisted in the United States Air Force after two year of his college. He went to the Pasadena City College. He got promoted to the post of Sergeant for his services at the air force. He worked as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer for military air transport services.
Clive Cussler was married to Barbara Knight. They married in 1955. They remained together till she died in 2003. They were blessed with 3 children; Teri, Dirk, and Dayna and four grandchildren.
He started working as a copywriter for an advertising industry after his discharge from the military. Later he became the creative director of two successful advertising agencies. He was assigned to produce radio and television commercials and was also given a reward at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival for many of his commercials.
The Sea Hunters was Cussler’s first non-fiction work and it was published in 1996. In 1997, his work was accepted in lieu of a Ph.D thesis by a board of governors of the State University of New York Maritime College and he was also awarded a Doctor of Letters degree by the university.
In 1965, his wife joined the local police department in California. She worked in nights. Clusser looked after his children and when they slept, he had no one to talk to, so he started writing, since he had nothing else to do. Marine Engineer, Government Agent and Adventurer, Dirk Pitt were his famous works.
His Dirk Pitt novels were based on historical perspectives like “What if Atlantis was real?”, or “What if Abraham Lincoln wasn’t assassinated, but was kidnapped?”. The Mediterranean Caper and Iceberg were his first two Pitt novels, which consisted of maritime thrill. His third novel, Raise the Titanic, was a combination of adventure and technology. His novels generally involved lost ships, megalomaniacal villains, beautiful women and sunken treasure.
Clive Cussler’s work was very much liked and more than seventeen of his titles were listed in the best-seller list of The New York Times.