J. E. Hopkins is the author of the fantasy thrillers The Scarlet Crane and The Saffron Falcon (due October 2013).
Born on the leading edge of the baby boom, he entered and won an elementary school contest with an article on Wilkie Collin's The Moonstone. The article was published in the local county newspaper and was his last publication for more than fifty years, until The Scarlet Crane in 2012.
Which is not to say that the intervening years were a complete waste--his career taught him toilet paper design, software development, educational technologies for assessing student learning, and bumblebee energetics.
A life-long voracious reader, his writing influences include Isaac Asimov, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child. And John Connolly, Greg Bear, and Rosa Montero. And...
Some might say that he's easily influenced.
It may have taken a few decades, but he's finally living his dream of writing full-time. He and his wife live near Cincinnati with two demon cats, Carbon and Boron.