Heather Allison Young is a freelance journalist and fiction writer. She lives on the California Central Coast with her daughter. She grew up in the Midwest--Iowa, Minnesota, and Kansas--graduating from Chapman High School in rural Kansas. After a semester abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia, she went to the University of Kansas. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English: Creative Writing. She then moved to California and started working at a weekly newspaper as a reporter/photographer, eventually moving up to editor. She has been a staff writer/reporter/photographer and editor for various newspapers and magazines.