D.J. Palladino is an award-winning journalist and former arts editor of the Santa Barbara Independent and Santa Barbara Magazine. He was a freelance writer for 20 years. These days, Palladino is the producer of the Magic Lantern Film series and an adviser to student-run WORD Magazine at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He co-owns the impressively minuscule Mesa Bookstore with his spouse Diane Arnold. This is his first novel.