About the Author This is Linda Hanna Lloyd's first novel. She has been the Producer and Host of monthly Howard County, Maryland Cable Television Health Promotion Series, nine of which won national awards, and the recipient of two Creative Writing Awards from The Institute of Creative Research. Linda was a health professor at Howard Community College in Columbia Maryland where she received an International Community College Teaching Excellence Award, from The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, The University of Texas at Austin. She retired from the United States Department of Health and Human Services where her work focused on improving the quality of health care and health literacy. During the years since retirement, she continues to write, travel, and play the piano. Linda recently moved from Columbia, Maryland to Austin Texas where she resides with her husband Douglas Seward Lloyd. She is the mother of Karlyn Johnston Heide and Derek Johnston.