John D. Sperry was born in Bellflower, California in 1979, but relocated with his family in 1985 to the small town of Roseburg, Oregon, the place John called home until he left on a two-year LDS mission to Italy in 1998.
In 2001, John married the love of his life, Sarah, and in the midst of going to school and teaching, the couple had five children: Arwen, Eleanor, John Jr. (Jack), Alice, and Caramina.
John has a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from the University of Oregon. He is currently a 7th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in Springfield, Oregon where he lives with his family.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first story I read, per se, but I do remember the first novel I ever read. It was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. My mom was going to school at the University of Oregon at the time, and I was in, I believe, the fourth grade. She came home and said she had to read a book for a class and that she thought I would enjoy it. I'll never forget that book. It's still my favorite book of all time. For years I wanted to be a greaser, to hang out with a brotherhood of boys like that. I have a twin brother, so it was easy for me to imagine it.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is basically coming up with an idea, creating the right character for the situation, and seeing where that character takes me. I don't often outline or storyboard because I like to see what the character wants to do, how he/she will react when I throw them obstacles. As I write, I like to have my wife read back to me what I've written so I can visualize it. That's really the part that helps me see if I'm on the right track. I once rewrote a book three times, almost 100,000 words each time because I just didn't feel like the characters were making organic decisions.
Having been introduced to the world of the Immortal Light and her calling as Guardian, Lucy Higgins must face danger and peril in order to find the new queen of Zharem in order to complete her mission.