S.C. Butler ("Sam") is the author of the Stoneways Trilogy: Reiffen's Choice (Tor, 2006); Queen Ferris (Tor, 2007); and The Magicians' Daughter (Tor, 2009). He is currently working on a sequel of sorts in which he (and Tor) have to issue restraining orders to stop one of his characters from writing new stories in the Stoneways universe. A former bond trader, he always preferred Middle-earth to the Chicago Board of Trade.