The list of people who have helped this novel over the years is long enough that I’m pretty much guaranteed to forget some of them. But of the ones I can remember, in alphabetical order:

Alec Austin, Jae Brim, Jennifer Bush, Chris Dolley, Jennifer Doxtader, Alyc Helms, Rika Kaestle, Aaron Landry, Shona Lawless, David Levine, Avery Liell-Kok, Adrienne Lipoma, Kyle Niedzwiecki, Peadar Ó Guilín, Jason Pratt, Anica Rissi, June Robertson, Kevin Schmidt, Sherwood Smith, Anne Sowards, Daniel Starr, Jennifer St. Clair, Amy Sterling Casil, Chase Tingley, Rachel Vater, Matt Withers . . . and everyone at Book View Cafe who helped shepherd this book to production.

But most of all, I owe thanks to Pamela Dean, whose novel Tam Lin is the seed from which so much of this grew.