Jeff Somers was born in New Jersey. After an unremarkable childhood spent eating crayons, a series of head traumas resulted in a sudden interest in writing. In 1995, Jeff began publishing his own magazine, The Inner Swine. Somehow this has not retarded his writing career. He has published dozens of short stories, including "Ringing the Changes," which was selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories for 2006. He has published two novels, "Lifers" in 2001 and "The Electric Church" in 2007. Aspiring to some day deserve his wife, Jeff plays chess and holds off despair with cocktails.