Hailing from a small rural town, Andrew Johnston spent most of his life in Kansas, graduating from the University of Kansas with a Political Science degree in 2008. In his youth, he wrote for a number of websites, including a mid-sized political site called Political Strategy and a perpetually-in-progress browser-based game called Tenadia. After college, he worked as an ESL teacher in the People's Republic of China, which would later inspire his first book Kingdom of Sharks.
It's a bad start to one's career: Alone in a foreign country, broke, homeless, living on borrowed time with an expired visa. That was just the start of one teacher's sojourn through the People's Republic of China.