Ally Shields was born and raised in the Midwest, along the Mississippi River, and considers herself a "river rat." The settings for her urban fantasies and some of the folklore comes from that area. After a career in law and juvenile justice, she now writes full time and lives near Des Moines, Iowa, with her Minature Pinscher, Ranger. When not writing, reading or visiting family, she travels in the US and abroad and often includes references to those places in her writing.
Shields belongs to Sisters in Crime, MFRW, and several on-line writers' groups. Way too often she can be found on Twitter: @ShieldsAlly. :)
She recommends the Guardian Witch series be read in order: Awakening the Fire, Fire Within, Burning Both Ends, Blood and Fire, Fire Storm, Wild Fire and Eternal Fires (release TBA).
To learn more about the author, her books, the novels' settings and characters or what she is blogging, visit her website: http://allyshields.com or Facebook page: http://facebook.com/AllyShieldsAuthor.