John McCrystal was born in Taupo and educated at the University of Auckland, from which he holds a PhD in Political Studies. He has been working as a book reviewer and freelance writer since 1990 and is a former New Zealand books editor of North and South magazine. He has published nine books of his own, including a handful of short stories and a radio drama, which was broadcast on National Radio in 2002. John's book, THE CARS WE LOVED was a finalist in the 2002 Montana Book Awards. John McCrystal lives in Wellington.