R. John Hermann was born on March 26th, 1953, and lived the early part of his life on a sugar cane farm near the city of Mackay in North Queensland. From an early age he was spiritually-minded, but came to reject organized religion after leaving secondary school. John travelled a lot during his twenties, and used the experiences gained as material for his first attempts at writing. He was successful in having a non-fiction work, ‘Signs' published in 1980. But the book did not sell. And it was not until 2015 that a novel, ‘These Last Days' was accepted for publication.