J. D. Horn was raised in rural Tennessee, and has since carried a bit of its red clay in him while traveling the world, from Hollywood, to Paris, to Tokyo. He studied comparative literature as an undergrad, focusing on French and Russian in particular. He also holds an MBA in international business and worked as a financial analyst before becoming a novelist. He has race bibs from two full marathons and about thirty half marathons. J. D.'s books have now been translated into Russian, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian and French, with a Turkish version of The Line in the works. He and his spouse, Rich, live in Central Oregon.