Born in Tampa, Florida, Ward served in the United States Marine Corps for over a decade and worked as a software developer before focusing on writing as a full time career. He is best known for his extensive work in the Star Trek Pocket Books series, beginning with the Strange New Worlds anthology series (1999-2001). Since then, Ward has written dozens of Star Trek novels and short stories, and contributed articles in Star Trek Communicator and Star Trek Magazine. Most of these were co-authored with his writing partner, Kevin Dilmore.
Ward lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife and two daughters.