From Lord of The Rings to Jurassic Park to X-men, Swearingen is a fan first and author second. He believes the key to being a good storyteller is to adore stories. His love of characters and adventure found him writing his first works in grade school (even if those works were handwritten and bound with craft yarn). He loves music, animals, and just about anything that involves a stroll through the woods. An avid hiker and environmentalist, Swear often uses any time outdoors as inspiration for his writing. Although originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and their three fur-children Merry, Pippin, and Weasley.