Priscilla Royal, author of several books from Poisoned Pen Press in the Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas medieval mystery series, grew up in British Columbia and earned a BA in World Literature at San Francisco State University where she discovered the beauty of medieval literature. Before retiring from the US Federal Government in 2000, she worked in a variety of jobs, all of which provided an excellent education in the complexity of human experience and motivation. She is a theater fan as well as a reader of history, mystery, and fiction of lesser violence. The authors who most inspired her to commit medieval murder were Ellis Peters and Sharon Kay Penman. She is a member of California Writers Club, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. Her website is www.priscillaroyal.com.