John Perry grew up in Houston and graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University. He also studied at University College in Oxford, England.
Before launching his career as an author, John was an award-winning advertising copywriter. He then cofounded the music production firm of Wolf, Perry & Clark Music and American Network Radio, which produced and syndicated radio specials for Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, and other well-known country music stars. His work on a major marketing project for a bookstore chain led to a freelance assignment from a publishing firm. That led to editing and ghostwriting opportunities, and eventually to John's transition from copywriter to author.
John is the biographer of Sgt. Alvin York and a Gold Medallion finalist for Unshakable Faith, a dual biography of Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. His book Lady of Arlington, the biography of Mary Custis (Mrs. Robert E.) Lee, was nominated for the Lincoln Prize. He has also collaborated with well-known public figures including Governor Mike Huckabee, Prison Fellowship founder Charles Colson, and pastor/teacher John MacArthur.
John's most recent books include the New York Times bestselling novel Letters to God (Zondervan, 2010), coauthored with Patrick Doughtie and based on the true story of Patrick's son Tyler, whose heroic battle with brain cancer also inspired a feature film. In 2011, he collaborated with Linda Barrick on her inspirational book, Miracle for Jen (Tyndale).
When he isn't writing, John enjoys travel and classical music. He is currently on the board of the Nashville Symphony Chorus. He has two children, Charles and Olivia, and lives in Belle Meade, former site of an antebellum plantation and thoroughbred farm near Nashville.