Jared grew up in Indiana and now lives in Florida with his wife and two daughters. He is working on a space opera book series partly inspired by Star Wars, J.R.R. Tolkien, and with doses of theology sprinkled throughout. In between novels, he works on those strange creatures called short stories. His first published story will be released in an anthology this holiday season. When not writing he enjoys movies, watching football, and spending long days at heavily-commercialized theme parks.