Douglas Jackson is the author of nine historical novels, including the acclaimed Gaius Valerius Verrens series. His latest book Saviour of Rome, which takes Valerius and his friend, the former gladiator Serpentius, to the Roman goldfields of northern Spain, was published on August 25. Douglas was born in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders in the summer of 1956 and educated at Parkside Primary School and Jedburgh Grammar School. His first job after leaving school involved the restoration of a Roman marching camp at Pennymuir in the Cheviot Hills, where he had a glorious two months turning turf, avoiding the occasional adder and dreaming of legionaries. Later he joined his local paper as a cub reporter and for the next 36 years worked in local and national newspapers in Scotland, including the Daily Record and the Scotsman. He left the Scotsman in 2009 after nine years as assistant editor to become a full-time writer. Douglas is also also the author of four contemporary thrillers under the nom de plume James Douglas.