Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Warren attended Cleveland Hts High School and was a member of the football and baseball teams.He also played both sports freshman year at The College of Wooster, where he was on course for a career as a teacher and coach. In December of 1969, however, the United States Armed Services Draft Lottery changed the direction of Warren's life forever. Saddled with a low draft number, he joined the Army Reserves and became a medic in a hospital unit. It was there he found an interest in pharmacy which he pursued by transferring to Cleveland State University for his undergraduate science classes and a year later to University of Toledo where he graduated in 1976 with a BS in Pharmacy.
Warren and his wife Geri opened their first independent retail pharmacy in the fall of 1982. Thirty years later, Hillcrest Atrium Pharmacy in Mayfield Hts. remains one of the last great independents in northeast Ohio.
Twenty-two years ago, Warren penned the outlines to six novels he intended to write. Twenty years later, the outlines remained unchanged on the top shelf in his closet. Determined to create his novels, Warren took to heart the advice of two motivational speakers' lectures he was fortunate to have attended. The first, Jim Rohn, laid this quote on the audience; "If you will change, everything will change for you." The other, Michael Jeffries, uttered these words; "Don't die with the music still inside you."
Warren dusted off one of his outlines, yet still found it a daunting project to write while working as a fulltime pharmacist running his own pharmacy. Seeking the advice of his writer/cousin Amy Friedman on how to juggle the two projects, her words were simple; write a page a day. Warren rolled up his sleeves, went to work on his manuscript and emerged nine months later with his first novel, "The Chicago Cap Murders."