Before becoming a full-time writer, Jackie Townsend received her MBA from UC Berkeley and worked as a financial consultant in the Bay Area alongside her Italian husband, who worked in Silicon Valley and other parts of the world before starting and running his own tech company. That career, both exciting and exhausting, fuels Jackie's novels and essays, as well as the blogs she posts at jackietownsend.com, as do her travels and exposure to foreign cultures. Meanwhile, her husband continues the pursuit. Jackie's previous two books, The Absence of Evelyn (Spark Press) and Imperfect Pairings, both won or placed in a variety of Indie Awards. She is a native of Southern California who lived for many years in the Bay Area before she and her husband landed themselves in New York City, where they live today.