Lael Gardner-Stalnaker spent his childhood dividing time between Texas and California, currently residing in Riverside, California. Among the more interesting of his careers: he was a live-in nanny for nearly 8 years, did HIV testing and counseling at the LA County jail and currently works for the Riverside County Department of Public Health doing HIV testing, counseling and education. His happiness revolves around his household and his husband. His interests are varied and prone to change, but writing remains his chief and enduring passion. His first book, Twists and Turns of the Soul, was a book of poetry published in September of 2009. His second, Graham's Tale, will be released in late May.