Born into a Navy family in Washington, D.C., Leslie Roy Carter lived all over the United States, as well as in Argentia, Newfoundland, while growing up.
After receiving a B.S. in Physics from the College of William and Mary, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. While serving as a naval officer, he earned an M.S.E.E. from the Naval Postgraduate School. His career as a surface line officer took him to many ports such as Pearl Harbor, Long Beach, San Diego, and Charleston, culminating in command of the Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate, U.S.S. Reid. He then switched to the acquisitions specialty, eventually becoming a major program manager before his retirement in 2002 with the rank of Captain.
He now works as a defense contractor in the Washington area. A private pilot and aircraft owner, he also serves in the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
He and his wife and co-author, Margaret L. Carter, are active in the Episcopal Church and have four sons, several grandchildren, a St. Bernard named Frodo, and assorted cats (one named Gandalf the Gray).
Marked for life by reading Dracula at the age of twelve, Margaret L. Carter specializes in the literature of fantasy and the supernatural, particularly vampires. She received degrees in English from the College of William and Mary, the University of Hawaii, and the University of California, with her dissertation published as "SPECTER OR DELUSION? THE SUPERNATURAL IN GOTHIC FICTION." Her other works include "DRACULA: THE VAMPIRE AND THE CRITICS," "THE VAMPIRE IN LITERATURE: A CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY," and "DIFFERENT BLOOD: THE VAMPIRE AS ALIEN." She is also the author of a werewolf novel, Shadow Of The Beast, and three vampire novels, Dark Changeling (2000 Eppie Award winner in HORROR), Sealed In Blood, and Crimson Dreams, along with a fantasy novel, Wild Sorceress, co-written by her husband Les Carter. Her two Amber Quill offerings, Hearts Desires and Dark Embraces (an anthology of Vampire, horror, and dark fantasy tales) and From The Dark Places (a horror novel) are scheduled for release in 2003. Margaret and Les, a Navy Captain, have four sons and several grandchildren. For fans of "Vamp Tales," please do not hesitate to visit her website at www.margaretlcarter.com.