Ilene W. Devlin was born in Winterset, Iowa. Attending the University of Iowa, Devlin obtained a BA in anthropology and an MA in archaeology and museum training. She later worked in museums in Nebraska, Tennessee, and Alabama. Since 1986, Ilene Devlin has lived in San Antonio, Texas. Her freelance articles and essays have been published in newspapers in San Antonio and Iowa. Truth and Fiction: Essays & Short Stories on Life is her third book. Her other books, Cherry Tree Dares: Essays on Childhood and Emma’s World: A World War II Memoir, are available through book outlets.