James Casper spent his childhood in a rural Minnesota setting much like the one in this novel. With a master’s degree from St. Louis University, he taught English at Bemidji State University and philosophy at Central Lakes College. He also taught extension courses throughout northwestern Minnesota, and for a time served as director of adult education on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. He resides with his wife in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. His first novel is Everywhere in Chains. You can find more of his writing at his website, JamesTCasper.com.