John Joseph Burhop was born in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1966. After graduating from John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois in 1984, John went on to serve his country in the United States Air Force. He was granted a Top Secret Security Clearance in the field of Nuclear Weapons Release Systems, and was stationed at the Pacific region's primary nuclear weapons storage site in Kunsan, Korea before moving on to the spy plane base at Alconbury, England. He then completed his Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing: Fiction at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Since then, John has traveled the U.S. extensively in a variety of vehicles including a 1975 Volkswagen pop-up microbus, several different motorhomes and two different sailboats ranging in length from 27 feet to 38 feet. John is currently living on a coffee farm on the Big Island in Hawaii.