Deborah Dean is fascinated with language. She regularly brings humor to others' lives by commenting on some felicity of language that catches her fancy: they laugh, roll their eyes, and move on. But that doesn't stop her from noticing and thinking about the whys and the hows of language as it is used by the world around her. She used to teach junior high and high school students about language, hoping to ignite within them the curiosity about language she thinks it deserves--after all, we are surrounded by language in a variety of forms every waking minute. Now she teaches preservice teachers and tries to do the same thing--help them develop their interest and curiosity about language and how it works. Deborah is the author of numerous articles, some quick-reference guides, and several books, including Strategic Writing (2nd ed.), Genre Theory, and What Works in Writing Instruction (2nd ed.), and, with Jeff Anderson, Revision Decisions. When she's not writing or teaching, she likes to bake cookies and spend time with her family.