Julian R. Vaca was born in Long Beach, California. He moved to Tennessee in the early 2000s, where he later graduated high school from Nashville School of the Arts. While there, he won a Regional Emmy Award for a short film he wrote and directed. Julian went on to graduate from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, where he earned a BFA. Julian's sophomore novel, "Running From Lions," won the Novel Rocket Award for Best Young Adult book in 2013, and his latest title, "The Surgers!," was a top pick in Amazon.com's Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. All three of Julian's titles have been best sellers and highlighted in The Tennessean and, most recently, Nashville Nation. Julian lives in Nashville with his wife and son, where he is hard at work on his next book.