Jasper Fforde was born in London, England on January 11, 1961. Fforde started his career in the film industry, but in 2001 shifted his focus to writing and published his first book, The Eyre Affair. This was the first of his Thursday Next mystery series, which revolves around detective Thursday, who is a Special Operative in literary detection. Fforde’s imaginative fiction incorporates classic characters and stories from authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte and travels through time, leading readers on madcap adventures that are suspenseful, humorous and completely unique. The fifth installment, Thursday Next: First Among Sequels was just released in July. Fforde currently makes his home in Brecon, Powys, Wales.