Debra Scacciaferro is a former newspaper reporter and arts critic, who lives in the Hudson Valley of New York, where State of Innocence is set. After leaving the newspaper business, she worked as a researcher and assistant to her husband, bestselling author Jim DeFelice, and raised her son, Robert. In between, she joined several writers groups, finished three unpublished novels, and began helping other writers polish their books and novels through her business DebraS Novel Services. She is grateful to her dear friend and colleague, Lorraine Ash, author of “Life Touches Life,” for introducing her to S.K. Mason, who was looking for a writing partner.