J. P. Gownder grew up voraciously reading books by the great trailblazers of science fiction and fantasy, and continues to be awed by the talent, creativity, and craftsmanship of authors in these genres today. Although he long aspired to join them as a writer, life got in the way: College, graduate school, and then a corporate career in the technology sector left him saying “someday” for too many years. Eventually, “someday” turned into “I can’t wait another day.” He committed to writing fantasy and science fiction seriously in 2011, wrote a novel, revised the novel, and landed a literary agent. As of 2017, his manuscript is “on submission” with publishers, a process that could well take until the end of the year — assuming he’s fortunate enough to receive offers of publication.

In his corporate career, J. P. works as a technology analyst, conducting research, writing reports, spending many hours on the phone, and traveling globally to help clients solve their business and technology problems. He holds M.A. and B.A. degrees from Harvard University, in political science and in history, respectively. J. P. grew up in Maryland, but has lived most of his life in Eastern Massachusetts, where he resides today. His travels to places like France, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, and elsewhere influence and inform his fiction significantly.

He’s active on Twitter @jgownder.