John Vikara was born and raised in New York City. He served in the Air Force, where he attended William and Mary College while stationed in Virginia. He is now retired from a career as an insurance adjuster and appraiser, living in Pennsylvania. He has a series of novels, The Vandals, Adjuster, and National Defense - and a novella, Auld Lang Syne. The prequel to the series, My Lonely Room, was recently published and was runner-up in Children/YA Novels for the Maxy Awards. He has placed third in two short story contests and has had short stories appear in New Realm, eFiction, Heater, the Western Online, Nebula Rift, Jazz and Culture, The Flash Fiction Press and Romance magazines.