Michael Treadway was born and raised in southern California. He received his degree from UCLA in Ancient Greek with a minor in Classical Civilizations.
His favorite authors include Diana Wynne Jones, J.R.R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Ursula K. Le Guin, Stephen King, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
He grew up with a steady diet of science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural books, TV shows, movies, and video games.