Born in Ventura County, California, Jon traveled just about everywhere while his family was in search of employment, giving him a broad, worldly view. When he was a teenager living in Las Vegas, he got into an argument with his parents and ran away from home. All the way to his uncle’s house (only a few blocks away). Later, the draft emerged and he found himself transported to Frankfurt, Germany, where he became a medic. He has always had a strong love for fantasy literature, some of his idols being J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Brooks and Larry Niven.