i grew up in suburban Chicago. At age eight, I was diagnosed with Dystonia, a debilitating neuromuscular disorder. Not long after my diagnosis, I wrote my first story. Though there is no cure for Dystonia, surgeries and rehabilitation allowed me to walk with only a slight limp by the time I started high school. During high school, I bought an electric typewriter and started writing my first novel. I received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Anthropology, both from Northern Illinois University. As an adult, a brain tumor, completely unrelated to my Dystonia, threatened to disable me a second time. Thanks to radiation therapy the tumor has disappeared. In 2009, I started Conquer Publishing and published my first book. I currently live and write in Phoenix, AZ.