David A. Bedford was born in Fort Worth where he has been on the faculty of TCU teaching Spanish for 23 years. In the meantime, he grew up in Argentina, the son of Baptist missionaries, from age three to 18 and returned to the US to attend college. He speaks Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian, and some Hebrew. During his second year at TCU he succumbed to the writing bug and produced Liliana y el espejo (Liliana and the Mirror), a collection of short stories in Spanish with a strong Argentine flavor. This book has just been republished in a Spanish-English bilingual version. Later on, at lunch during a one-day Saturday writing workshop, the three Angela books came to him. They were originally written in English and are set on the Texas gulf coast. His bicultural, bilingual upbringing in two countries are responsible for Land of the Free. He is now working on an ambitious novel titled Reginia.