James LeMonds has lived most of his life in Castle Rock, Washington, a logging town in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. The son of a log truck driver, LeMonds first tasted the danger and grueling conditions of work in the woods during two summers spent as a choker setter--which quickly cured him of any desire to leave college for the life of a logger.
Author of South of Seattle, LeMonds has written for the Tacoma News-Tribune, The Oregonian, Seattle Weekly, and other regional publications. He holds a master's degree in education from Lewis and Clark College and teaches English at R. A. Long High School in Longview, Washington.