Garine is former singer/songwriter who grew up with one foot in Texas and the other in New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Communications. She is a lover of music, chocolate and altruistic sarcasm; a writer of post-punk humor; and the illustrious founder of Helicopter Moms Anonymous. She is proud of her Armenian-American heritage, but tired of explaining it. She currently lives in Maryland, where she works full-time in Marketing Communications, sings in a gospel choir, is the Workshops Chair for the Gaithersburg Book Festival, over-volunteers for a variety of community organizations, writes when everyone else is asleep, and lives with her husband, three kids, a cat, a dog, and a gecko . . . It’s the gecko that sent her over the edge. Read her blog “Hi!” from the ‘burbs at her website garineTHEwriter.com. Like her on facebook; follow her on twitter @garineisassi, friend her on goodreads, and look for her anywhere else where authors might lurk.