Born in the city of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, in 1977, Fitch's love of fantasy began 11 years later when he was handed J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Hobbit. His passion for writing began in 1993, as a sophomore in high school, when he began to write sports for his local newspaper, the Sentinel & Enterprise. Since then, he has written for several Massachusetts newspapers, including the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester and the Southbridge Evening News in Southbridge. He has since returned to where it all started, as he came back to the Sentinel in April 2008. He also strings for the Springfield Republican and Turley Publications.
Among his literary influences include the king of fantasy, Tolkien, as well as R.A. Salvatore. In addition, Fitch enjoys Steven Savile, Vince Flynn, J.K. Rowling, Jim C. Hines, David Forbes, John Grisham, and Brad Meltzer novels, as well as classic storytellers C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Shakespeare. Star Wars novels fill an entire bookcase in his office.
It was Salvatore, the acclaimed fantasy author, who convinced Fitch to pen the manuscript that became Obloeron: The Quest For The Chalice
in December 2001. He began writing Quest
over a year later, in January 2003, finishing the first draft in February 2005.
John Fitch V is a pseudonym chosen in honor of the late Robert Cormier, a native son of Leominster, Massachusetts. Cormier, when writing for the Sentinel & Enterprise
of Fitchburg, wrote under the pseudonym of John Fitch IV.
When he is not writing, Fitch enjoys playing golf, reading, watching movies, and playing with his kitten, Caramel the Wonder Cat