After duty in the Air Force and graduate studies at Baylor University and the University of California at Los Angeles, James Haydock earned a PhD in English language and literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In the years that followed, he researched, wrote about, and taught every aspect of Victorian literature. While teaching the novel year after year, he began to write novels of his own. His publications are almost equally divided between academic works and historical fiction. Now retired, he lives with his wife in Wisconsin.