Theodore Taylor says that he never wanted to be a writer as a child, however, he began writing at age thirteen when he started covering high school sports events for the Portsmouth, Virginia Evening Star. He was born in North Carolina, although he has since lived all over the world. At age seventeen he lift home to work in Washington, DC as a copyboy for the Daily News. He has also worked as a press agent, a story editor and an associate producer for Paramount Pictures, as well as being a prolific author. Theodore Taylor lives in Laguna Beach, California with his wife, Flora, and their dog, Hyra.