About John:

As a boy, John’s father would take him and his sisters to the local library on the weekends, igniting John’s love of stories. He would read anything, but had a particular fondness for Matt Christopher’s books and biographies of basketball players. As he grew older, he expanded beyond sports-themed stories, finding a passion for books about the mob—he grew up in New Jersey, after all—and Elmore Leonard stories.

His love of stories sparked his interest in writing. He took creative writing classes in grade school and in high school. His play about a boy running away from home won a one-act playwriting contest in his senior year of high school.

He studied American history at Harvard, so that he could read and write about the Founding Fathers. He also served as captain of the men’s swimming and diving team and tried out for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team. When he wasn’t studying or swimming, he enjoyed walking the streets of Boston, especially the Freedom Trail, and learning more about America’s founding.

These stories inspired him to move to Washington, D.C., after graduation, to work in government and politics. He served in the headquarters of a presidential campaign and in the West Wing of the White House. He left D.C. to work for the U.S. Ambassador to Australia at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia. He draws upon these experiences to add authentic details to his stories.

He left the political world to attend the University of Notre Dame Law School. In his final year of law school, he wrote his first novel, The Saint Joseph Plot, about an alcoholic priest accused of assaulting a congressman’s daughter. He would awake at 5:00 a.m. to write for a couple of hours before heading to classes.

Since The Saint Joseph Plot, John has written several short stories and novels, as well as a digital interactive series. He lives with his family and practices law in Erie, Pennsylvania. Depending on the day, he wakes up early or stays up late to write.

If you have questions about John, e-mail him: john@johnmpersinger.com.

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