Stephen Baird, after a career in education, is working on a YA (Young Adult) historical fantasy set in Renaissance Italy. He published his first novel, Fire in the Straw, following a hugely belated gap year. He has written two short stories for the Cornwall Writers short story collections, ‘Cornwall Misfits, Curiosities & Legends’ and ‘Cornwall Secret and Hidden’. He has also written three plays and a rock musical for 8-13 year-olds. Stephen’s wife says that her prediction that all three sons would reach adolescence before their dad proved correct. Stephen and Liz live in Truro with Mustard the Whippet.