John R Ford was born on the outskirts of Liverpool and grew up in Germany and then England. A quadrilinguist, John has been driven by 2 passions: to share his love of languages, and to write. Dark Shadows, a dark, urban fantasy novel, is his first book. Currently working on his second book, a traditional fantasy now being edited, John says the two worlds of education and writing are not mutually exclusive. "The violence and blood in my novels in no way reflect my lessons!"