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Writer and Master Wandmaker, Alferian lives and works from his home, Bardwood Lodge in the small village of Linden Hills, which is in the Lake District of Minnesota. He was born James Warren Maertens in 1960 and is a child of that time, believing in free love, freedom of thought, and the potential of humans to live life fully conscious of the higher planes. Dr. Maertens holds a doctorate in English, and has taught English and humanities prior to becoming a full-time writer of young adult fantasy.

Among Dr. Maertens other titles are: Laird of Glencairn, Druid Companion of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, Master Mason, Secret Master, Grand Sublime Perfect and Elect Master, Knight Rose Croix, Knight of the Brazen Serpent, Knight of the Sun, Knight of the White and Black Eagle, and Master of the Royal Secret 32° in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Additionally he is a Companion R.A.M., a Noble of the A.A.O.N.M.S., as well as a member of the Masonic Society and the Scottish Rite Research Society. Finally, he is a founding Companion of the Imaginary Royal Academy of Enchanters.