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John fell in love with fantasy worlds when his sister handed him The Hobbit when he was in seventh grade. After tearing through that book, The Lord of the Rings and then any other “big” fantasy novel or sci-fi series he could lay his hands on, he was hooked.
Reluctant to pursue such an "unrealistic" goal as becoming a writer, John first earned a Biology B.S. at Tulane University, then a J.D. at University of Missouri Kansas City. Rather than growing out of his desire to pursue "unrealistic" goals, he became more adamant about chasing his dreams.
John is a proud Filipino-American, who early in life learned about different worlds through his immigrant father (who came to the United States in 1956) and his Ozarks-raised mother. After dealing with the differences within his own family, figuring out elves and dwarves was a snap.
Today, he is a founding member of an early-stage venture in the health care IT field, and writes in his spare time. John considers J.R.R. Tolkien, Frank Herbet's Dune, George R. R. Martin and Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games as his primary inspirations, among many others.