Lisa Maggiore (1968-present) was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Italian (dad) and Swedish (mom) parents. For twenty years she practiced social work in Chicago, ending her career in 2011. Her first published short story; Pinterest Saved My Marriage was the runner up in the Self-Publishing Book Review Awards. Her children's picture book; Ava the Monster Slayer; A Warrior Who Wears Glasses, will be released Sept. 1, 2015 on Sky Pony Press. Lisa has many more "works" in development. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and four children.