Victor Gischler is a world traveler who earned his PhD in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. The recipient of Italy’s Black Corsair Award for adventure literature, Victor was nominated for both an Anthony Award and an Edgar Award for his mystery writing. He is also the author of the fantasy trilogy A Fire Beneath the Skin, which includes Ink Mage, The Tattooed Duchess, and A Painted Goddess. Born in Sanford, Florida, he currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and would grill every meal if his wife would let him. For more information, please visit