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Herbert Kofruk spent most of his childhood in London, UK, where his father, a biologist, was doing research while his mother worked at a bank. He was an avid reader since his early years, often spending entire evenings with a book. This naturally led him to write some unusual stories at school that often caught the eyes of his teachers. His parents were told that 'he has many stories in his head'. It was only fitting that he would declare at the age of ten that he wanted to become a novelist when he grew up. As with many parents concerned with the future of their children, this endeavor seemed too risky and he was convinced to drop it and instead aspire to become a lawyer or a doctor.
Herbert went back to his native country, South Korea, as a young adolescent, a place as culturally distant from London as it was geographically, and focused on more 'real-life issues' such as school grades, going to a good university, etc. He went on to receive a BA in business from one of the country's leading schools. It was at this time, he started to delve into books again. One of his friends commented that he 'tried to read everything!', including newspapers, economic/business periodicals, non-fiction books and, of course, science fiction and fantasy novels. He spent a year in the south of France to learn French and this period was basically spent reading several books a week. He finally read the revered 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, the Dune saga, the Necroscope series, etc.
He returned to Seoul and spent a couple years in the military and then went on to graduate from university. In a rather sudden move, Herbert went back to France to get a master's degree in one of the country's leading business schools. He received a high distinction for his thesis on the BRIC economies and supply chain strategy.
Herbert is currently living and working as an expat in Paris, France while writing as much as he can in his spare time. It is in the 'City of Lights' that he started his first science-fiction novel, 'The Imperialists: Balance of Power'. The second part of the saga, 'Ungracious Fall' was published the following year. Herbert is currently busy writing the third and final book of the series, 'Scattered Tempest', aiming for publication in April, 2014, though this may be optimistic as usual.
His unique background with roots in three very different countries has perhaps contributed to his sense of self, his cosmopolitan worldview and his appreciation of cultural differences. He is fluent in three languages and is a chronic traveller. He has one brother who lives in Michigan, USA.