Clifford Beal is a former international journalist and the author of  the historical novels Gideon’s Angel  and The Raven’s Banquet by Solaris Books as well as epic fantasy such as The Guns of Ivrea and The Witch of Torinia.

Following a swashbuckling past where he trained in medieval combat as well as 16th -17th century rapier technique, he now leads a more sedentary life but daydreams of returning to fighting trim. When not imbibing endless mugs of tea and writing, he can usually be found imbibing endless mugs of tea and reading. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, he lives in Surrey, England with a fiery redhead of a wife and a crazed Boston terrier named Buzz.