J. Riley Castine was born Houston, Texas to Irish-Italian parents in 1973. He grew up all over the east coast of the United States. As a child, he was prone to "tinkering" with various mechanical devices. At an early age had interests in music, computers, Legos, Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and of course, Doctor Who.
He likes to spend his non working hours spending time with his family, hiking and finding interesting things to photograph.
He maintains an online presence at http://www.jrcastine.com.