marnie butcher Piehl graduated from NDSU in 1992 with degrees in English and mass communication. She credits the mentors she writes about on pages 28-29 and her years at the student newspaper for the skills she uses as the director of College Relations at Bismarck State College. She credits the Beta Beta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta for her charm. She was recently elected to the Mandan School Board. Piehl and her husband, Shadd, are raising three boys southwest of Mandan in the wilds of the beautiful Heart River Valley.
Carol Kapaun Ratchenski is a counselor in private practice in Fargo, a fiction writer, poet and storyteller. She is a native of North Dakota and a graduate of North Dakota State University, and is on the North Dakota Humanities Council Board of Directors. She lives in Fargo, compulsively reads contemporary fiction by American and Canadian women authors, practices yoga and is nostalgic about pre- e-book life, and the days when bread was a health food.
Anne Robinson-Paul works in University Relations at NDSU. She studied writing in college and graduate school and really hoped the full-time novelist thing would work out. She quickly realized her muse and her husband disliked living in a divey apartment and eating ramen noodles even more than she did. So she found other, slightly better paying work that she loved — first as a newspaper reporter, then as a college composition teacher and now as a public relations professional. In her free time, she enjoys getting beat at pretty much every game under the sun by her children, Jonah and Emma.