Stephen Leigh, who also writes under the name S.L. Farrell, is a Cincinnati author who has published twenty-one novels and over thirty short stories. His most recent book is HEIR OF STONE (by S. L. Farrell) from DAW Books, the third and final book of Cloudmages series, which Booklist called "Good enough to cast in gold," and of which Publisher's Weekly said: "Farrell continues to shine as one of the strongest voices in Celtic fantasy." His work has won and been nominated for several awards, and he is currently at work on another fantasy series for DAW. Steve also teaches Creative Writing at Northern Kentucky University, and speaks and conducts workshops frequently on the subject of writing in general, and science fiction and fantasy writing in particular. Topics have included:- Worldbuilding- Characterization- Integrating Research Into Your Novel- The Synopsis- Finding The Spark- The Formula for Success Steve's other interests include music (he plays in a few local bands), the martial art aikido, in which he is ranked nidan (second degree black belt), and fine art. He is married to his best friend and trusted first reader, Denise Parsley, and they have two children. Speaker's fees are negotiable.