From the Author

“You are welcome, masters! Welcome, all!”  To quote Shakespeare, as I often do!

I am a Bible-inspired author and poet, with a deep love of Shakespeare, John Milton’s great epic poem, Paradise Lost, and all sorts of mythology. I write fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry collections, and my favorite genre, epic poetry.

As an actor, I’ve embodied most of the major Shakespearean roles, from New York to London to Beijing, though my best known appearance is in the hit short-film series, The Expert. I also have three one-man shows, including the famous children’s tale, Wind in the Willows.

Among my previous careers, I have worked in broadcasting, journalism, and financial analysis, and my passions include Argentine Tango, yoga, and competitive swimming.

“What’s in a Name?”

Abdiel is an angel—specifically, a seraph—in Milton’s Paradise Lost. He first appears in Book V, where he openly defies Satan’s call to rebellion. He leaves the apostate ranks and joins the angels loyal to the Lord.

Later, when the two great armies are arrayed to contest Heaven, it is Abdiel who delivers the first blow, striking Satan with such force that “ten paces huge/ [Satan] back recoiled.” So inspiring is his example that I changed my first name to his and gave Abdiel recurring roles in my own epic poems, Elijah and Obama’s Dream.

The name LeRoy comes from Shakespeare’s King Henry V. On the eve of Agincourt, the pivotal battle in his campaign in France, the king goes out disguised among his troops. One asks his name, to which he replies, “Harry Le Roy”, French for “Harry the King”.