When he isn't writing books, Tonio Favetta is a high school English teacher, writing mostly during the summer. This is one reason why it takes him a long time to finish things. The other reason is that he's lazy. He started teaching in 1990, but he started writing way back in the '80s when he was growing up in Jersey City, New Jersey. He loves New Jersey, so he still lives there, just a stone's throw from Newark, along with his wife, his daughters and a deranged labradoodle. As a younger reader, he loved Tolkien (and still does!), and he devoured Conan the Barbarian novels and The Sword of Shannara series along with any other fantasy he could find. He still loves reading fantasy and science fiction, but he also loves Moby Dick, The Odyssey and A Confederacy of Dunces. Tonio enjoys hanging out with friends and family, playing the guitar, riding his motorcycle, pig roasts, Bruce Springsteen concerts and all things Star Wars, Star Trek, Batman, Marvel and Coen Brothers. Not necessarily in that order.