Jim Hardison has worked as a writer, screenwriter, animator, and director in entertainment and commercials since graduating from Columbia College of Chicago in 1988. He is the author of The Helm, which YALSA praised as one of 2010’s best graphic novels for young readers. He co-founded Character, LLC in 2000 and has given story advice to many of the world's largest brands, such as Target, Verizon, Samsung, McDonald's, and Walmart, and has even appeared on NBC's "The Apprentice" as an expert adviser on brand characters. Hardison lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two kids, and two dogs. Fish Wielder is his first novel.