Colleen MacFarlane has been a genealogy enthusiast for several years. She was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her first book, Listening to Her Own Voice, chronicles the life of her 2nd great aunt who immigrated to Chaska, Minnesota, in 1866 from Switzerland and who went on to live a most inspiring life. Colleen enjoys both reading and writing historical fiction. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and an MBA. Both degrees influence the characters she writes about and the dilemmas they find themselves in. She is a retired therapist and financial educator. Colleen has also authored several papers related to current events for a worldwide employee assistance firm in addition to writing articles for independent newsletters in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she currently resides.