G. J. Lau was born in a small town near Boston. After graduating from Georgetown University, he spent two years in the Army, including a year in Viet Nam in the 1st Infantry Division. After he got out, he worked for the Federal government in Washington, D.C. until retirement. He has volunteered as a literacy tutor, a hot line listener, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in need of assistance. He currently resides in Frederick, MD. He has been married nearly 40 years and has two children and four grandchildren.