Joaquin was born in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He grew up a migrant farm worker. Not wanting to do this the rest of his life he applied himself in school. After high school he started working full time at a bank and attending college at night. After several years he completed his degree in accounting. While attending college at night he began to read The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and became hooked on the genre. He still works full time at a bank in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He has enjoyed reading the science fiction fantasy genre so much that he decided to try writing himself.