BECKET has a bachelor's degree in music composition and master's degrees in systematic theology and industrial organizational psychology. He was a diocesan seminarian for three years and a Benedictine monk for five and from 2005 to 2017 was the personal assistant to Anne Rice. He is the author of eleven books, including three books of poetry. He lives with his wife in Steubenville, Ohio. ANNE RICE is the author of thirty-six books, including the fifteen books in the Vampire Chronicles series. She lives in La Quinta, California. MARK EDWARD GEYER received a B.A. in Studio Art from Florida State University. He has illustrated Stephen King's Rose Madder and The Green Mile, the middle-grade series Inquisitor's Apprentice, and other books. He teaches at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and lives with his wife.