Born and raised in the Midwest, Scott Jones spent much of his youth in the outdoors. He dropped out of college and joined the military, serving nine years. After his discharge he married, raised two kids, and wrote stories. Passionate about the martial arts since childhood he has trained in Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate for over twenty years. The Thomas Cole books came out of a promise to his son, an Army Ranger, to write books with an ex-Ranger as the hero. Scott Jones lives in Minnesota with his wife and their grown children’s three cats.