Raised crisscrossing America, Timothy Jay Smith developed a wanderlust that took him around the world. En route, he found the characters that people his work. Arms dealers, child prostitutes, and wannabe terrorists: he hung with them all while smuggling plays from behind the Iron Curtain, maneuvering through war zones, and being a stowaway aboard a barge that landed him in an African jail. He has finally ended up in France. A glimpse of his literary achievements include the Paris Prize for Fiction for his novel A Vision of Angels; and his stage play, How High the Moon, won the prestigious Stanley Drama Award.