About Me

Jon has been creating things as long as he can remember. His childhood love of drawing, making board games, and creating cardboard play-sets for his action figures was followed by a strong interest in becoming a comic book artist. Books were never far away from his heart, however. He’d always been a reader, spending so much time in the library that they had him speak at the rededication when he was a kid. It was videotaped, but thankfully no evidence of this improvised “speech” seems to exist. Like many kids, he got lost in the world of Narnia, and wondered if the next door or closet might take him there. He became a fan of the work of William Sleator—his first favorite author—as well as ingested a steady diet of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who tie-in books. He read many Choose Your Own Adventures, and sci-fi classics such as Dune, Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Martian Chronicles, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and many more. Later in life, he discovered a love of horror, particularly psychological and gothic horror.

However, Jon was so focused on becoming an illustrator, he didn’t really notice how much he liked creating his own stories as well as reading them. Many years later, after giving up on being a comic book penciler and secure in his chosen career as a graphic designer, he decided that the thing he most enjoyed in this world was telling stories. So, he started writing, with some self-published efforts and some writing that is perhaps best left in the drawer.

Now, Jon is lucky to make his living as a writer. Currently, he writes a variety of blogs, ebooks, video scripts, and more as a digital marketer for a green cleaning product manufacturer. In addition to writing, he still enjoys illustration as a hobby, and still does the occasional bit of design work. His reading has expanded to all sorts of genres. His favorite things are books, movies, TV shows, video games, or comics that transport you to another world and place—real or imagined, past or present—and invite you to understand the people and their lives. The power of story is the in the possibility of expanding empathy. He currently lives in Central Illinois with his partner, Paul where they spend their days making each other laugh a lot.