Novelist Stephen R. Lawhead was born in July 2, 1950 in Kearney, Nebraska. He graduated from Kearney State College. While in college, he played lead guitar in a local rock bank and wrote a humor column for the school paper. He attended Northern Baptist Theological Seminary for a time, but left to write a music column for Campus Life Magazine. He later left that job to manage a Christian rock band and begin Ariel Records (which lasted only a year). He wrote his first novel, In the Hall of the Dragon King (1982) to try to support his family. This launched his literary career. Many of Lawhead's works are based on Celtic history and Arthurian legend. He has also written children's books, adapting many of them from stories he told his children.