Sean Rowe has been a reporter for the Miami Herald and senior writer for the Miami New Times. He is the author of “Fever,” (2005, Little, Brown & Co.), a maritime suspense novel, and the forthcoming “Pretty Polly,” a Southern whodunit based on old Appalachian murder ballads. Rowe lives near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his research assistant Deadline the Cat. In his spare time he is renovating a turn-of-the-century farmhouse he plans to offer as a quiet retreat for burned-out reporters and aspiring novelists. In addition to his career in journalism, Rowe has been employed as a registered nurse on a cancer ward and as a copywriter for North Carolina-based Adam & Eve, "America's Most Trusted Vendor of Adult Products." He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Academy of American Poets, and the North Carolina Writers Network, and serves as a freelance editor for Village Voice Media, LLC. Visit him online at www.sean-rowe.com.