<b>Brenda Scott Royce</b> is a lifelong lover of beasts and books–and whenever possible her work combines the two. She’s served as editor of <i>Zoo View</i>, the award-winning magazine of the Los Angeles Zoo, for more than a decade. Her children’s books include two titles in the ASPCA’s Pet Rescue Club series– <i>Champion’s New Shoes </i>and <i>Bailey the Wonder Dog. </i>Her award-winning comedic novels <i>Monkey Love </i>and <i>Monkey Star </i>chronicle the misadventures of Holly Heckerling, a stand-up comedienne who befriends a monkey while juggling career and romantic entanglements.<i> </i>Brenda likes to say that she majored in monkeys in college (she earned a bachelor’s degree in primatology and anthropology from California State University, Fullerton) and that some of her best friends are chimpanzees (she worked as a chimp keeper at a wildlife sanctuary). She lives in Glendora, California.