Ron Tanner teaches writing at Loyola University in Baltimore and directs the Marshall Islands Story Project (mistories.org). He is the author of two books: Kiss Me, Stranger and Bed of Nails, which won both the G.S. Sharat Chandra Award and the Towson Prize for Literature. He has won many other literary prizes as well, including a Faulkner Society gold medal, a Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. Tanner lives in the big Baltimore brownstone featured in this memoir with his wife, Jill, and their many pets. Their website, Houselove.org, is dedicated to the love and care of old houses.