I spent much of my childhood in Oklahoma and the Ozark mountain region of Arkansas, and eventually ended up at the University of Arkansas, earning a B.A. in English in 1992 and an M.A. in Biology in 1996. After moving to California, I taught high school Biology for ten years. I have since “retired” from that and I am now a full-time artist and part-time Biology instructor at Clovis Community College. I live in Fresno, California, with my husband, Erik, and our dog, Otis.