Wesley Stace was born in Hastings, Sussex, in 1965. Under the name John Wesley Harding, he has released 17 albums, ranging from traditional folk to full-on pop. His most recent, The Sound Of His Own Voice, was released in October, 2011. He has also published three novels, including the international bestseller Misfortune. His most recent, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, made both The Wall Street Journal’s Top Ten Novels of The Year and Top Ten Mysteries of The Year. He also created John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders, a monthly show that plays at NYC’s City Winery, shortly to air on NPR. The New Yorker called it “one of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer.” Stace reviews for the Times Literary Supplement and is currently writer-in-residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He lives in Philadelphia.