I was raised in Richardson, Texas, a north suburb of Dallas. I came to Austin for college in 1993 and have stayed ever since. I have a degree in child development and family relationships and an elementary teaching certificate. I've cared for and taught children from eighteen months to twelve years. I live with my husband and two boys, ages five and two. I spend my time volunteering at their schools, helping my dad with our engineering business (sadly, I am the IT department) and trying to find time to write. I have always been a writer, even if only in my own mind.