Rachael Herron is the bestselling author of the Cypress Hollow series and of the memoir, A Life in Stitches (Chronicle). Her newest novel, Splinters of Light, is available from Penguin. Rachael received her MFA in writing from Mills College and is a 911 fire/medical dispatcher when she's not scribbling. She lives with her wife, Lala, in Oakland, California, where they have more animals and instruments than are probably advisable. Rachael is struggling to learn the accordion and can probably play along with you on the ukulele. She's a New Zealander as well as an American. She's been known to knit. Visit her at www.yarnagogo.com.