Heather Kaufman grew up in a military family and has lived in numerous states, including New York, California, Oklahoma, and Illinois. She is the oldest of six, and was homeschooled her whole life. Her passion for writing and telling stories started at an early age, from scribbled poetry at age six, to a full-length novel by sixteen. Heather received her BA in English from McKendree University and an MA in English, Writing Studies from the University of Missouri—St. Louis. She has had both creative and academic work published in various anthologies, magazines, and newspapers, and was named the Fellowship of Christian Poets’ 2006 Poet of the Year. She has worked in publishing since 2008 and is an Associate Editor for Concordia Publishing House. Heather married Andrew in 2010, and together they have two adorable sons and one persnickety dog. When not reading, writing, editing, or purchasing books, Heather can be found exploring new parks with her family, enjoying yet another cup of coffee, or working on yet another home improvement or organizational project. She and her family make their home in St. Louis.