Novelist Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield (www.tkaplanmaxfield.com) is an English professor at Boston College, where for over twenty years he has taught courses in Detective Fiction and in Love, among others. In addition, in 2005 he published "Memoirs of a Shape-Shifter" to wide acclaim (see reviews on www.keplerpress.com), which is in part a historical novel set in New England during the Salem witch trials; it is available in both print and e-book versions. A friend of the late writer Lawrence Durrell, his writing was referred to by Durrell as "direct messages from the script." He is currently at work on a novel that is a cross between "Harry Potter" and "The Da Vinci Code," set on the B.C. campus. He is also a green residential builder in Greater Boston.