E. A. Haltom writes what she likes to read, and sometimes that requires a lot of research and a sword. Preferably a 12th century English broadsword. Her debut novel, Gwendolyn’s Sword, explores ancient ideas of heroism through the eyes of defiant underdogs and outcasts that turn the stereotypical “hero” on its head. With sequels on the way, Haltom is building an imaginative and compelling epic that brings the people and events of 12th century England vividly alive—with an Arthurian twist. She lives with her husband and kids in Texas, where she writes and indulges in reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doctor Who.