I was not fortunate enough to have been born to Welsh parents. Instead, my melting-pot American roots run to both Scotland and Germany. I did, however, find a nice American girl with solid Scottish ancestry to marry. My interest in Fantasy literature began as an offshoot of reading Science Fiction. One of the first fantasy novels I read was Robert A. Heinlein's Glory Road. From there, I graduated to J.R.R. Tolkien. Then I discovered the works of David Eddings, Glen Cook, Laurell K. Hamilton and R.A. Salvatore.â © When I decided to begin a career in writing, Hamilton's Anita Blake series, as well the works of R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt series made me want to combine vampires and dark fantasy along with a historical setting. I chose to explore Arthurian mythology. Which led me to the Welsh tales in Y Mabinogi. And then I wished I was Welsh.â © My wife and I, both of us from the midwest section of America, currently live in Los Angeles, California. Which is about as from Wales as one can get in the English speaking Northern hemisphere. I'm a retired journalist and professional photographer. Now I write while sitting on our balcony with my fuzzy editor, Loco-Kitty.â ©I'm currently editing, writing, or dreaming up plot points for the Cup of Blood series of novels (sequels to The Penllyn Chronicles). When I'm not doing either of those, I hang out at the Santa Monica Pier and give historical walking tours of the pier.