Howard Jay Smith is an award-winning writer from Ojai, California. Beethoven in Love; Opus 139 is his third book. He taught for many years in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and has lectured nationally. His articles and photographs have appeared in the Washington Post, the VCEDA News, the Journal of the Writers Guild of America, the Ojai Quarterly, and numerous trade publications. While an executive at ABC Television, Embassy TV, and Academy Home Entertainment, he worked on numerous film, television, radio, and commercial projects. Her serves on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Symphony and is a member of the American Beethoven Society.