Crystal D. Budy was born and raised in northeast Ohio, an hour outside of Cleveland. She's been writing since she could pick up a pen, and in the case of the North Coast Mystery series, has been writing the characters since she was twelve. While she lives in a small country town in southern Ashtabula county, she is a frequent visitor of the beautiful city of Cleveland. She's an Institute of Children's Literature graduate (2004) and a Kent State University student studying psychology. She lives with her husband and roommate, both named Dustin, and in her spare time she likes to read, listen to music, and dabbles in photography.