Lance Benware was born on June 26, 1978. He started writing poetry at the age of sixteen. His poem, “Threshold,” was published in the 1995 edition of Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans. At the age of twenty-two, he began work on his first novel, Blessed Poison. Two years later, he emerged from his writing cave with a sense of purpose that still propels him to this day. Blessed Poison is only the beginning. He is still typing away at novels, holding onto his initial visions, and still dabbles in his first love, poetry.