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JOHN DeFILIPPIS was born on March 9, 1970 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He grew up in the Greenville section of Jersey City, graduating from Our Lady of Mercy Grammar School in 1984. In 1988 he graduated from Saint Peter’s Prep and went on to study at Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree, Dr. DeFilippis attended the School of Theology at Seton Hall University for three years, from 1993 to 1996. During this time he earned his master’s degree in theology and discerned a call to the Catholic priesthood. After ultimately deciding that he did not have a religious vocation, Dr. DeFilippis transitioned into the field of education. He taught for four years at both the elementary and secondary levels, and earned a second master’s degree in educational administration. In 2000 Dr. DeFilippis made yet another transition, this time accepting an offer to become an academic administrator at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City. He would spend the next seven years there, and in 2007 he completed his Ph.D. in educational leadership at Seton Hall University. After finishing his doctoral degree, he accepted an offer to become a director in the Division of Academic Affairs at New Jersey City University.
But through all the years of earning graduate degrees, teaching, and working in educational administration, Dr. DeFilippis never lost sight of his childhood dream. That dream was to become a published author. He loved writing, and he also loved fantasy stories as a child, especially those that contained courageous warriors, epic quests, and fierce monsters. Inspired by epic stories such as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Jason and the Argonauts, Dr. DeFilippis began to use his free time to formulate ideas for his own series of fantasy novels. Over the course of several years, he developed detailed outlines and finally reached the point where he was ready to start writing. But balancing a full-time administrative position with part-time teaching and doctoral studies made it all but impossible to find the time. That all changed in July of 2010, when Dr. DeFilippis lost his job during the economic recession. Determined to turn a negative into a positive, he used his abundance of free time during his unemployment to focus on his novel. By April of 2011, the first draft of the book was complete. After having it edited for content, Dr. DeFilippis began marketing his novel to literary agents. But soon he discovered how cold, callous, and cut-throat the literary business could be. After enduring over 100 rejections, he refused to give up on his dream. Finally David Niall Wilson of Crossroad Press decided to take a chance on The Quest of the Thirteen, and in 2012 the dream was finally fulfilled.
Today, Dr. DeFilippis resides in Nutley, New Jersey. He is a devout conservative Catholic, and an avid supporter of religious freedom in an age of growing secularism. In his spare time, Dr. DeFilippis enjoys working out at the gym, watching sports (mainly his beloved New York Yankees, New York Giants, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish), fantasy football, taking walks in the park (especially when dealing with writer’s block), going to the beach, and of course, writing. With the first three books of The Medallion of Mavinor complete, Dr. DeFilippis has now turned his attention to the final volume of the series. The final book will conclude the story of an epic struggle between good and evil, a struggle that ultimately decides the fate of the three kingdoms and the entire world that surrounds them.