John Michael Green was born on August 24, 1977, to Mike and Sydney Green in Indianapolis. His initial aim was to become an Episcopal priest. However, the time he spent among children with terminal-illness stimulated him to become a writer. Afterwards, he worked as a publishing assistant for Booklist, a book review journal. Green wrote numerous reviews on literary fictions mostly concerning conjoined twins or religion of Islam.
Culver Creek, the fictional Alabama boarding school that Green’s characters attend in his first novel, Looking for Alaska, is based on the real Alabama boarding school, Indian Springs School, from which Green graduated in 1995.