Travis Heermann grew up in the countryside of Nebraska and graduated from University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a B.S. in electrical engineering. In 2003, he shifted careers and moved to Japan to teach English to young students in public schools. He has written role-playing and online MMORPG game guides and supplements for Alderac Entertainment Group and later wrote his first novel, THE IVORY STAR, which Amazon.com called a must have for every sci-fi reader. While living and teaching in Fukuoka, Heermann was inspired to combine the Japanese culture in which he was immersed as well as his passion for fantasy to write HEART OF THE RONIN, a tale of a teenage warrior in 13th century Japan. The first book of his Ronin trilogy was printed by Five Star Publishing in 2009 and was reissued by E-reads as an e-book and paperback in 2011.