A product of Galt, California, Alex Gates is a loving husband, skilled educator, true Gryffindor, dragonslayer, wizard of the highest order, defender of the realm, Cowboys fan, and connoisseur of cheap beer. He spent four years at California State University, Sacramento studying literature, watching football, and day drinking before obtaining a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Southern California.

Alex, being the endearingly optimistic man and believer in all things magical and fantastic that he is, still patiently awaits his Hogwarts letter and George R.R. Martin’s Winds of Winter. In the meantime, he maintains a genuinely insightful lifestyle blog, alex-gates.com/blog, and publishes short stories.

His forthcoming debut novel, ExtraOrdinary, examines a world in which ordinary beings are the rarest of things and super powers are more common than the cold. All of his friends and family tell him it’s really good.