J. Lukas was born in Northern Indiana and has grown up within the "island" of Beverly Shores, which is nestled between the Indiana National Lakeshore, the Indiana State Park, and the shores of Lake Michigan.
"Deer running, creating teepees, and make believe; my childhood consisted of running through the woods, where pine cones were food. The white-tails were allies rather than friends or enemies. Birch bark became currency and coyotes loomed over each little hill. You could scare yourself out there, you could scare yourself alive. The monsters were out there. They were alive. The trees were breathing."