Cursed at birth with a wild imagination, Andrew Cooper spent his youth dreaming of worlds more exciting than Earth.

He completed his first work of fiction at age eight: a 40-page superhero screenplay. Although “Crabman” was never made into the blockbuster motion picture that his third grade self hoped for, he kept writing furiously. The world of Varda developed slowly but steadily in his mind.

In high school, he studied writing at Interlochen Arts Camp. He sold his first story at 19 to a fantasy magazine and, in 2010, attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop, a program that has produced multiple bestselling and award-winning writers. He holds a degree in English from Western Michigan University.