John Paul Weier, the youngest son of eight children, was born in Glendale, Arizona in 1981. At the age of thirteen, his family relocated to Sterling, Illinois, where he attended Newman Central Catholic High School. He was named the most improved lineman his senior year and was part of the 1998 IHSA Football Class 1A State Runner-up team. While attending Sauk Valley Community College and balancing two jobs, he soon found himself dreaming of being a writer but did not have the time or resources to pursue it. After losing both of his jobs in the span of one week, he decided to devote his spare time to writing. His writing skills quickly developed, yet all the outlets he pursued in order to advance his writing career rejected him. Frustrated and ready to give up on his dreams, he received a phone call informing him he took 3rd Prize out of over 500 submissions in the WriteStuff Writers national writing contest. John Paul Weier hopes this will allow him to make a positive impact through his writing.