At the tender age of 60, John Hundley converted a manuscript he’d been working on to a mobi file and emailed it to a friend, asking her to load it on her Kindle in her spare time and give him some feedback. A few days later he found a message on his phone. An excited voice said, “This is really good. I can’t believe it was written by someone who just all of a sudden decided to write a book!”
It wasn’t. It was the culmination of a life-long dream.
John had been a lover of books even before he learned to read. His mother regularly read such classics to him and his brother as The Wizard of Oz and The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, and he came to love the pictures that would form in his head simply from listening to the words. He decided right then he wanted to be the one to write the words that would paint pictures in the minds of others.
He did write. In school he was always ready with an idea for a creative writing assignment, regularly published in the school literary magazines, and graduated the University of Georgia with the dream of writing and teaching science fiction at some major university.
But life got in the way. Things like marriage, a family software business, kids, and the very real necessity for a regular income. Over the years, he started writing projects time and again, but never finished. Gradually, the dream died.
Until, suddenly, in the fall of 2010, he found himself unemployed, divorced, and back in school. A thirty-year career writing software had come to an end when the economy went South and the company he was working for closed its local office and laid everyone off. It was a blessing in disguise. He had some time on his hands, and he had a laptop, and a lost dream was awakened.
John published his first paranormal fantasy novel, The Draculata Nest, in 2011 and its sequel, The Dragon of Doughton Park, the following year. Red Wolf Rising was released in March, 2015.
He lives and writes in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.