Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Joe's favorite books were Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing IQ, his debut novel inspired by his early experiences and his love of Sherlock. Joe lives in Santa Monica, California.