The hand behind The Serpent’s Quill is Alek Liviu Cristea, a full-time carer for his chronically-ill parabatai, a student of Emotional Therapeutic Counseling, and a geek adept in many areas of geekdom. He games, he reads, he wishes he could draw. Raised on a steady diet of anime and adventure fantasy books, it was inevitable that he would end up here, writing and blogging about what he loves: fantasy. Writing everything from SF to epic fantasy, and YA SFF to urban fantasy, Alek dabbles, crosses and explores, with the hope of bringing rich and diverse worlds to life. He’s gay and proud and his mini cat army (five strong) is totally cool with that. He’s now merged his psychology blog (previously called The Psych Engine) with this one because maintaining two blogs was just too much and he didn’t see the point in keeping them separate!