S. A. Salviander (1971-), a native of southwest Finland, is a rather unconventional author, having worked several diverse jobs, from game store manager and butcher's assistant in a slaughterhouse to a Commando in the Finnish Defense Force and software engineer. He's also a composer and musician with multiple released albums in the genres of punk, metal, and electronica. His first book, 'Ajatuksia?' ('Thoughts?') was awarded a place in the 1995 anthology, 'Reviiri' ('Turf') for up and coming young authors in Finland. In 1996, he was a recipient of a stipend to support his continuing literary ambitions full time. However, his relocation to the U.S. in 1998 and a new set of ambitions put a hold on his writing efforts. In 2015, Salviander finally returned to writing with an English translation of his debut book, 'Ajatuksia?' He currently resides in Texas with his wife and daughter.