Shelley Shepherd Klaner is originally from Ohio. She graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in communications and psychology and is near completion of a master's degree in humanities with an emphasis in creative writing from Dominican University. She has worked as a reporter in the Bay Area for 25 years, including eight years as a feature writer for the Petaluma Bureau of the Press Democrat. She was most recently the home and garden editor for the Pacific Sun. Her writing has been published internationally on web sites and in magazines and newspapers throughout the country. She lives in Petaluma and enjoys music, boating, windsurfing and social networking.