Russell Rowland’s first novel, In Open Spaces (HarperCollins, 2002), received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which called it “an outstanding debut.” It made the San Francisco Chronicle’s bestseller list and was named among the Best of the West by the Salt Lake City Tribune. Russell recently completed The Watershed Years, a sequel to In Open Spaces. One of Russell’s stories was chosen as one of the notable stories of 2005 by the Million Writers Award, and he was a MacDowell Fellow in 2005. Russell is currently co-producing a feature film with his brother and consulting with several writers on their own projects. He lives in San Francisco.