Casondra Brewster was born in Detroit, Mich. in 1966 to a young, blue-collar couple. The oldest of four children, she was not content to stay in the Rust Belt and left home very young to travel the world. She lived in Hawaii for some time, and then ended up going to college in Wyoming. After a devastating personal loss in late 1992 she left college and joined the U.S. Army in 1993, which continued her world travels, and her writing. She served as a public affairs specialist, earning the Thomas Jefferson Military Journalist of the Year award in 2001. In 2011, after completing her B.A. in Arts and Literature, she finally left the clutches of the military to pursue a full-time freelance writing career. Within a month her first fiction short-story was published. Currently she resides in the Cascade Foothills — just a short car-ride from Seattle — with her partner, children, a shelter-rescue dog, and a 55-gallon aquarium of fresh-water fish. When not writing, she tends her urban farm; you can read about her daily life on her blog at Casz’s Fiction Farm.