J.R. Nau was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a master's degree in anthropology from Western Michigan University. Of the four main sub-fields of Anthropology, his concentration is in Archaeology. J.R. Nau is currently working on several epic fantasy and science-fiction novels that apply anthropology to the world building. He is also a hobby blacksmith and was the newsletter editor for the Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith Association for six years. He volunteers at a local museum. Other projects include developing archaeology simulations and virtual reality museum experiences using video game technology. He has a continually growing collection of books, fountain pens, and swords.