M. H. Mayfield enjoys smoking good cigars, drink-ing Guinness by the pint, and swearing in Irish or German. She spends her time writing, practicing Bikram yoga and running with her dog, Niko. She's a member of the American Homebrewers Association, as well as a lifetime member of Sigma Tau Delta and The Mile High Club. She once drank 11 pints of Guinness without throwing up. The Rains of War is her first novel.