Ryan Schow is the USA Today best-selling author of the Population Zero trilogy, These Times of Abandon series, Dark Days of the After series, The Age of Embers series, The Last War series, The Sunset on America series, and the Swann series, as well as the Atlas Hargrove series (writing as R.B. Schow). As a real-life second-degree black belt and adrenaline junky, he’s drawn to books, movies, and TV featuring gritty, capable characters who are admirable but flawed, and eventually willing and able to go knuckle-to-knuckle with the most formidable of adversaries.

That said, the best characters are always rich with personality but struggling under the weight of some internal strife. Sprinkle in some chaos and muddy the waters between right and wrong, and to him, you have a compelling tale. To Ryan, these kinds of impossible circumstances make for the best stories, and this is reflected in both his characters and the content of his novels.

He lives a wild and quiet life in Northern California, staying grounded with his wife, and their two attack kitties — let’s be honest, they’re really the ones in charge!

You’ve come to be prepared for any disaster waiting to be unleashed, and he’d love to have you join him and the rest of the survivors in his Last War Fan Group on Facebook. Stay for a while to see how the best of society endures and overcomes each new merciless catastrophe.