John Messing is a writer and an illustrator. A Tucsonan, he often hikes the Sonoran desert, which he finds spiritually replenishing.
He has written and illustrated a series of children’s fables about desert creatures and their environments, beginning with “Jackie Rabbit Lives in the Desert,” its Spanish translation “El Conejo Diego Vive en el Desierto,” and a soon to be released sequel. In “Jackie Rabbit Lives in the Desert,” which is offered at the Tucson Festival of Books in English and Spanish, Jackie Rabbit and his sister Jenny go into the desert one night, meet danger and a mentor, and learn about fear and courage. It is a great read to younger children at bedtime.
"I love when kids smile and engage with the illustrations and the story," says Messing, himself a grandfather. "That is the highest reward."
Author of four books, he is a history graduate of Princeton University (magna cum laude), Stanford Law School (Law Review editor) and the University of Paris Law Faculty II. He holds three U.S. patents in the field of cryptography. He is a Senior Olympics gold medalist in Tai Chi. Prior to retirement, he was a premier Arizona immigration attorney.