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.

Over the years, he has been flung about in military aircraft, fought in full medieval armour, trained in 17th-century rapier combat, fired flintlock pistols, messed about in boats, and ridden both horses and motorcycles. 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.