George Kotlik was born and raised in the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York. As a child, George and his father, who is also named George, traveled frequently to historical battlefields and forts. It is on these trips where his passion for history really took form. Over the years, he nurtured his historical interests to encompass subjects like the Great War for Empire, eighteenth-century colonial history, and the American War for Independence. George is a graduate student of history at the University of North Florida.