Originally from Illinois, J. D. currently lives in North Carolina with his wife and son. He has previously published a number of genealogical articles with the Ohio Genealogical Society and also enjoys writing poetry. He has also published a genealogical article with My Family
History Magazine and a philosophical article with Touchstone Magazine, both located in England.
J. D. began writing "Brander" in 2003 and completed it in 2006 after moving to North Carolina. He first thought about writing a book while reading a 1939 essay by J.R.R. Tolkien entitled "On Fairy-Stories." In that essay, Tolkien discussed writing a fairy-story as a literary form. The essay included Tolkien's philosophy on fantasy and mythology. The
Andrew Lang quote at the beginning of "Brander" sparked in J. D. the initial concept for "Brander," and led to the first five chapters of the book. "Brander" is the first of four planned books, with "Pangari" being the next in the series.