Ally Shields was born and raised in the US Midwest, along the Mississippi River, and considers herself a "river rat." The area and its rich folklore provide the background for her urban fantasy novels. After a career in law and juvenile justice, she writes full time and lives near Des Moines, Iowa, with her Miniature Pinscher, Ranger. If not writing, reading, or visiting family, she is probably traveling and often includes those locations in her stories. Ally belongs to Sisters-in-Crime, MFRW, and several online writers' groups. She can be found on Twitter (@ShieldsAlly) when she should be writing! To learn more about her books or what she is blogging, visit her website: http://allyshields.com or Facebook page: http://facebook.com/AllyShieldsAuthor.