Jess Winfield was raised to write by his freelance journalist mother and Disney writer/producer father in the bohemian artists' enclave of Lake Sherwood, California. At age nineteen, he co-founded the Reduced Shakespeare Company. He co-created the Laurence Olivier Award-nominated comedy THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) and performed in it for many years, including launching its extraordinary decade-long run in London's West End. After leaving the "other" RSC, he spent ten years writing and producing animated television and won two Daytime Emmy Awards for DISNEY'S TEACHER'S PET. His first novel, MY NAME IS WILL: A NOVEL OF SEX, DRUGS, AND SHAKESPEARE (Twelve) was a New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice" and a California Book Awards finalist. His second novel, THE PERFECT BURRITO (Oct. 2012) is an enhanced e-book featuring hundreds of original photo illustrations and videos. He is married and lives in Los Angeles.