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Judith Stoleson has had a variety of careers including pre-school French teacher, travel agent, and freelance writer. While doing research for a family genealogy, she became intrigued by one ancestor, Sir William Coffin. He served in the court of Henry VIII during the tumultuous years of his reign. His name is listed in the Letters and Papers of Henry VIII and other books on Tudor history. The Coffin manor in Devonshire England dates back to Norman times and still stands. In the twentieth century the estate was remodeled and re-emerged as The Portledge Hotel. Judith and her husband were guest there in 1977. After writing what was known of Sir William's biography and those of other descendants in a book called Through the Generations, she began to imagine what might have happened during those years of his life lost to history. The results of this effort became The King's Man. The novel was named as a finalist at the Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference on genre fiction.