Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels and two non-fiction books. He is known around the world as "the Snowflake Guy" in honor of his wildly popular "Snowflake method" of writing a novel. Randy has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, by far the most widely read e-zine on fiction writing in the world. He is director of software engineering at Vala Sciences, a biotech company in San Diego. Randy hopes someday to achieve Total World Domination, but first he has to escape from a painful life of involuntary servitude to three surly cats.