The author, Corey Washington is a middle school social studies teacher currently teaching at Tutt middle school in Richmond County, Augusta, Georgia. He holds both a bachelor and master's degree in Middle Grades Education from Augusta State University. Born in New York City in 1976, Corey has grown up in a cultural/racial melting pot. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Aiken, South Carolina in the fifth grade. Ever since 1992, he has lived in Augusta, Georgia and considers it a perfect fit. His love for history has spurred his love for writing. Other hobbies include: playing and watching basketball, tennis and baseball, fishing, and above all reading the Bible every day.