Inspired by Donald E. Westlake's Point Blank:
Westlake attended Harpur College in Binghamton, New York, and left early. He spent two years in the USAF. He is married to Abigail Westlake (also known as Abby Adams Westlake and Abby Adams), a writer of non-fiction.
Her two published books are An Uncommon Scold and The Gardener's Gripe Book.
The couple live in Upstate New York. Abby Westlake is a well-regarded gardener and Westlake garden is frequently opened for public viewing in summer.