Fred Calvert, born in a small town in Ohio, began his career as an animation artist for Walt Disney. He contributed thousands of drawings to such classics as Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians. He created programming for commercial and public television, including animation for Sesame Street and The Electric Company. He has written three live-action movies; The Rule of Three (a drama) Toi and Poochie (a love story) and Killing Ariel (a thriller). The Balladeer is his debut novel. He now lives in Studio City, California.