C.L. Van Liew was born in Portland, Oregon and spent most of his childhood globetrotting around the world with his family, living in Portugal, Mozambique, China, and even Oklahoma. Shortly before moving to China, he was inspired by his grandmother, an author and historian, to begin writing. As an adult, he lives in a quiet neighborhood of Chicago, IL with his wife and their two children. Most days you can find him in a market research firm, staying grounded in reality. While not working a 9 to 5, he is usually spending time with his family, hosting friends in their home, or working out. His daughter says he's a great hugger.