After an illustrious career in stockbroking and financial risk management which took him to Australia and the USA (he has a BSc from Indiana State University) as well as the London Stock Exchange, P J Cadavori retired to the Somerset countryside, where he pursues his passions for ancient history and old books. He describes his home as a 'decaying pile' crammed with stuffed birds, pictures of his ancestors and paintings of military scenes, alongside shelves laden with the works of Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton and the classical poets. The inspiration for his writing comes from the top ranks of today's authors, from James Herbert and Anne Rice to Bernard Cornwell and Ray Bradbury.