Takeem Ragland was born in 1987 in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Being fascinated with travel and world geography at a young age through movies, TV, and books, he knew he was destined for international living. He went on to study communications at Delaware State University and then earned a master's in health care ethics at Saint Joseph's University. While in graduate school, he co-wrote and published his dissertation in a peer-reviewed journal. Shortly after that, he got into teaching, which would eventually lead him to move overseas to teach ESL classes. He wrote his debut novel while living in Tianjin, China and Shanghai, China respectively. When in the U.S. he resides in New Jersey. Currently, he lives in Shanghai, as an international teacher recruiter and an avid basketball and American football fan.