Michael Tinker Pearce was born in Seattle Washington. He is a US Army Veteran and a former police officer, and for nearly thirty years has been a maker of hand-made knives and swords. He has written extensively on this topic, and the use of these weapons in historic European martial arts. He has also co-written three novels, 'Diaries of a Dwarven Rifleman,' 'Lord of the North' and 'Rage of Angels.' He is currently the president of the Washington Chapter of the Liberal Gun Club, and currently lives in Seattle with his wife and two adorable but very spoiled dogs and a cat that thinks she is a dog.