Shawano, Wisconsin. John J. Mutter, Jr. is published in many newspapers and magazines and wrote several books. Born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, he joined the Navy in 1961, which took him from Great Lakes, Illinois for boot camp to Patuxent River, Maryland for shore duty to Little Creek, Virginia on amphibious ships. He also participated in the first bomb shelter test. He was a merchant seaman on ships headquartered in Oakland, California.
A Vietnam War veteran, he began his blue collar life working in a variety of jobs including machine shop attendant, gas station worker, paper mill employee, bartender, construction worker, security guard, car mechanic, bailiff, grave digger and meat counter attendant in a supermarket. His last full-time job was 15 years as a power plant operator at a maximum security prison in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
His life-long dream of becoming a writer was fulfilled after he attended a one-week school for creative writing in 1980. Since that time, he has become known as a storyteller, activist, environmentalist, historian, speaker, trophy-winning pool player, outdoors man, biographer and award-winning writer.