L.A. native Jeri Westerson has been a journalist, a theology teacher, and graphic artist, among other things. As a novelist, she combined the medieval with the hard-boiled and came up with her own brand of medieval mystery she calls Medieval Noir. Her brooding protagonist, Crispin Guest, is a disgraced knight turned detective on the mean streets of fourteenth century London. Her latest, Shadow of the Alchemist, was named the Best of 2013 by Suspense Magazine. Jeri also writes a gay mystery series as Haley Walsh, the Skyler Foxe Mysteries, featuring high school English teacher and amateur sleuth, Skyler Foxe. Foxe Fire, the fifth in the series, released January 2014. Currently, her agent is shopping her newest series, Booke of The Hidden, an urban fantasy involving a feisty female protagonist, a sexy demon, misfit Wiccans, and a deadly book. Jeriâ€™s Crispin Guest books have been nominated for a variety of industry awards, from the Agatha to the Shamus. She is president of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, a former president of Sisters in Crime OC, former VP for Sisters in Crime Los Angeles, and is also a member of the Historical Novel Society and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Jeri speaks all over the southland about medieval history, including as a guest lecturer at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. When not writing, Jeri dabbles in gourmet cooking, likes fine wines, cheap chocolate, and swoons over anything British. She herds two cats, a tortoise, a bevy of bees, and the occasional tarantula at her home in southern California.