The middle child of three born to a career soldier, Penny followed her father and older brother, enlisting in the military, where she met her husband. The birth of their daughter compelled Penny to leave active duty as a soldier for the even more active duty of being a mom. Though their marriage would not last, the couple parted as, and has remained, friends. Penny currently lives in the American Midwest with her partner of a dozen years. With her daughter now in college, she has time for her leisure pursuits, including writing, quilting, and not cleaning the windows.