A southern Virginia native, John as a child moved with his family to
the heart of the state's Blue Ridge Mountains and was quickly spoiled
by Madison County's trees, water, trails, and heritage. He got used to
dirt roads that blazed right through creeks, rather than over them.
Now surrounded by bumper-to-bumper traffic and security fences in the
hectic Washington metro area, he misses the days of dips in the
Robinson River and breakfast with a view of Old Rag and Doubletop
Since graduating from James Madison University in Virginia¢â¡Ás Shenandoah
Valley, John has worked at several newspapers, winning awards for his
sports stories, columns and page designs. He has since settled on the
copy and design desk at The Washington Times -- which fortunately has
windows facing the adjacent National Arboretum. He writes occasional
fantasy sports columns for the city's "other" daily newspaper while
also serving as the department's main motorsports correspondent, which
in 2003 took him on the road to the Poconos and North Carolina, the
heart of NASCAR country.
John lives with his coauthor, Kristen, and their often-too-curious cat,
Ramona, in Northern Virginia.