About the Creators

About the Author

William G. Carpenter was born on Long Island and grew up in Connecticut, Texas, and California.  A reader of Tolkien from 5th grade to the present, he studied comparative literature at the graduate and undergraduate level, then went on to teach American, British, and world literature at Hebei University, CSU Chico, UCLA, CSU Long Beach, and UC Santa Cruz.  He has lived in the Twin Cities since the 1990s, where he enjoys walking along Lake Hiawatha with his wife and their rescue dog, Wuffa.

About the Illustrator

Miko Simmons is an international award-winning theatrical designer who traces his origins to the historic Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He studied art and physics at St. Paul’s Hamline University.  With his professional background in electronic information display, he is now creating cinematic sets for operas and musicals while continuing to pursue his first passions, drawing and painting.