J M Beal began writing seriously in 2001, behind the retail check-out counter on purloined bits of receipt paper or whatever she could get her hands on; the result, a novel full of drama and romance and epic sword battles. To date she’s written four full-length novels for adults (one stand-alone space western and a paranormal series of mid-western monster hunters) and three books of the Watch-Cat series, Edgar Allan Poe stories set with animals and retold for grade-school-aged children. She is also co-owner and Jane-of-all-trades for Golden Fleece Press.