Australian born author John Flanagan is a best selling childrens fiction and young adult fantasy author.
He easily makes our list of top five favorite authors in the fantasy genre with his debut series, Ranger's Apprentice.
Though he hasn't always been a fiction writer, he truly has a talent for creating fast paced, adventurous books that appeal to the masses.
John grew up in Sydney, Australia, hoping to be a writer.
It wasn't until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the ad agency where he worked, however, that his talent was revealed.
It turned out one of the company directors agreed with John's assessment of the executive, and happily agreed to train John in copywriting.
After writing advertising copy for the next two decades, John teamed with an old friend to develop a television sitcom, Hey Dad!, which went on to air for eight years.
John began writing Ranger's Apprentice for his son, Michael, ten years ago, and is still hard at work on the series.
He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.
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