The base elements: grew up in conservative cult convinced women didn't 'get careers'. Left home age 23, returned twice b/c needed $$. Spent 10 years as classical piano teacher and Celtic harpist. Fantasy obsessive. Postpartum depressive. Too poor to buy toilet paper. No f*&cking idea how to get ahead in life.
The transmutation: Founded two coffee companies. Gets up at 5 am to write kick-ass fantasy. Lives in Portland, OR. Lived in Africa. Can afford toilet paper. Indonesian martial arts = less depression. Unafraid to swear. Certain of glory. Really f&*cking excited to equip other women to get ahead in life.