I grew up in Salinas, California, the same hometown of John Steinbeck, one of America's greatest writers. I loved to read (and still do) and frequented the John Steinbeck Library as a child. I discovered at an early age that I also enjoyed writing. In sixth grade, my teacher, Mr. Graham gave the class an assignment to write a story for a contest. The contest required that we create our book binding as well, which we did with cardboard, glue, and wallpaper. My book was called Mully Mully about a creature who lived in an underwater lake city. I was sad when I didn't win, but I cherished my book so I kept it all these years. It wasn't until a few years ago that I decided to put other stories, roaming around in my mind, down on paper again, or actually, in my case, into a computer. Aside from writing, I work full-time and some semesters I also teach at a local community college in Visalia, California, where I now live. When I'm not working, I enjoy writing, reading, watching TV, and spending time with my husband and pets (cat-Smokey, dog-Princess). The Immundus is my debut novel.