John Washington was born in New York, raised in Ohio, living in the Arizona borderlands, with a few things in between. Currently an adjunct at the University of Arizona, teaching fiction and creative non-fiction. Also working as a freelance journalist and translator. He claims he focuses his days on his novels.
It seems that on one of the mentioned in-betweens, he decided to go down to southern Mexico. Not only did he learn the language of the locals, but actually decided to work with that language. And he lived among the locals. He lived with them and he lived them.