John Flanagan began his working life in advertising before moving to freelance writing and script editing. He has written TV jingles, brochures, corporate videos and comedy-drama for television and is one of Australia's more prolific television writers. John wrote the first book in the RANGER'S APPRENTICE series to encourage his 12-year-old son to enjoy reading, and then went on to write three further volumes. His son, now in his mid-twenties, has been an enthusiastic reader of all four books. John lives in the beachside Sydney suburb of Manly.