Suzanne Calkins was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. After becoming enamored with the high deserts of Eastern California, she left the city for Bishop, CA where she worked educating children about the Owens River watershed and tending to gardens. It was there that she first was introduced and fell in love with Ellen’s writing. An opportunity to further develop her passion for watershed restoration and education moved her to the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where she worked with several environmental advocacy groups, a sustainable energy company, and an arts nonprofit. She currently resides in Nevada City, CA, where she is a freelance graphic designer.