Sheila Simonson was born in Montana and raised in eastern Oregon, graduated from the University of Washington, and has advanced degrees (English and history) from the UW and Portland State. She taught at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, for more than thirty years before she retired to write full time. She has had five regencies and nine mysteries published and has been happily married for more than forty years to a man who is not only terrific but a great photographer and a computer genius. She has taught fiction writing, science fiction, and Irish history, among other things, and I miss teaching mainly for the students, who were wonderful. It may be that growing up with four brothers and a sister has had a greater impact on her fiction than other life experiences, but who knows? She enjoys their company, too.