Clive Cussler is a New York Times bestselling author popular for his Dirk Pitt novels. He started writing in the 1960's and started writing his first novel about Dirk Pitt in the 1970's,The Mediterranean Caper. It was until his third book,Raise The Titanic that Cussler and Dirk Pitt became a bestselling sensation and later became a movie. To Cussler and his Dirk Pitt fans, the movie turned out to be a disappointment. Cussler swore never to bring his stories to the movies again. Like his character, Dirk Pitt, Cussler parallels Pitt's adventures,whether maintaining his antique car collection or going underwater looking for lost ships. Cussler also wrote his first non-fiction novel along with co-author Craig Dirgo,The Sea Hunters, which narrates his underwater exploits of finding lost ships along with his non-profit organization,the National Underwater Marine Agency. Sea Hunters also became the start of Cussler's TV documentary series of the same title. After Dirk Pitt, Cussler co-wrote other fictional series featuring new main characters. After Raise The Titanic!, Cussler allowed his eleventh Dirk Pitt novel, Sahara to be in the silverscreen but it was also became a disappointment to Cussler's expectations. Cussler started co-authoring the seventeenth Dirk Pitt adventure,The Trojan Oddyssey with his son,also named Dirk. Clive Cussler has written more than twenty novels and three non-fictions. Clive Cussler divides his time whether in the deserts of Arizona or the mountains of Colorado.