Ian Crooks was born on September 25,
1997, in Atlanta Georgia, the son of programmer Michael Crooks and his wife Jasmine Crooks. He has a brother, Michael Crooks II. Both parents are of Jamaican descent. He also has British roots.
The Crooks family lived in a house in Duluth, a suburban city North of Atlanta. Crooks’s childhood, consisted of new experiences, exploring the woods behind his house and vacationing with his family. He fell in love with nature. Between his grade school and middle school his imagination thrived in the colorful world of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as trips to Canada, Jamaica and France. However, when his brother left for college the world Crooks was so used to, shrunk. His family stopped going on vacation and he became caught up in reckless behavior with his friends.
When Crooks’s family moved to a town house in the heart of Buckhead, Crooks was isolated but the city lights renewed his love of travel and inspired an overwhelming sense of wanderlust in him. In his Junior year of highschool he completed his first novel, The Primordial Pursuit and began The Thousand Worlds Hunter. After frustrating rejections he decided to self-publish the novel he had been avidly working on, Some Day or Night. Some Day or Night was released in six parts (Easter City being the first) before being compiled into a definitive work.
Television and video games were rare pastime when Ian Crooks was young so he relied on his imagination, audiobooks and stuffed animals to entertaining. He listened to the Harry Potter Series religiously and read C.S. Lewis, Jack London, Jules Verne and Kenneth Grahame. Movies were a family pastime and Crooks adored Christopher Nolan films. The Dark Knight inspired him to be a movie director.
Crooks attended Peachtree Ridge High School for two years before transferring to Pinecrest Academy, a Catholic School, due to constant misbehavior. During these years he was isolated and found comfort and inspiration in anime such as Parasyte, Attack on Titan and Claymore. He attributes his influences to George R.R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Orson Scott Card, Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman.