Amy Thornton Shankland has been writing stories and books ever since she received a Kmart Snappy Blue typewriter when she was eight years old. In addition to being an author, she is a columnist for the Hamilton County Reporter and a grant consultant. Amy has given local, regional, and national workshops on various writing topics, thanks to her 20+ years as a grant professional. She lives near Indianapolis with her husband, two sons, three dogs, and two cats. She also enjoys volunteering for various local organizations, hoop dancing, reading, and walking everywhere she possibly can. Find her on Twitter @AuthorThornton, on Facebook @authoramythornton, or on her blog: AuthorAmyThornton.