Douglas Arvidson, a former speech-language pathologist and broadcast journalist, is a short-story writer, essayist, and novelist. His short story, “The Rifle” was First Place winner in the Paris-based Women’s Institute for Culture and Education (WICE) International Short Story Competition in 1997. His novel, Brothers of the Fire Star has won four literary awards including being a Foreword Reviews 2012 Book-of-the-Year Finalist in Young Adult Fiction. Brothers of the Fire Star also received finalist awards from the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in Young Adult Fiction, Adventure Fiction, and Historical Fiction. In 2017, the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards also awarded him First Place honors in Fantasy and Finalist honors in Young Adult for his novel A Drop of Wizard’s Blood. For more than two years he contributed monthly stories and essays to the online version of The Prague Revue. His short stories have been published in literary journals in the United States and Europe. He lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.