Has spent the better part of her life as a student of literature: earning advanced degrees in English and Creative Writing with specialization in medieval studies, magic, and heroism. Currently she dedicates half her time to tending various pets and plants on a farm in the Middle of Nowhere, Iowa. The other half she devotes to dreaming up new fantasy worlds for children. In the in-between she is a scholar: teaching English and directing the Writing Center at Upper Iowa University. In the after-ward she plans to haunt bookshops - all sorts.