Susan Adrian is a fourth-generation Californian who now lives in the beautiful Big Sky country of Montana. She began ballet late–at age eight–but got to fulfill her dream of playing Clara in <i>The Nutcracker </i>when she was thirteen, before joining the Sacramento Ballet. Later she got a degree in English from the University of California, Davis. These days she’s settled in as a writer, scientific editor, and mom. When she’s not with her family, she keeps busy researching crazy stuff, traveling, and writing more books. She still sees <i>The Nutcracker</i> every year she can, and tries really hard not to act out all the parts. Follow Susan on Twitter at @susan_adrian, and visit her on the Web at susanadrian.net.