The wide berth of the Mississippi River that rolls through my Iowa hometown and the rolling crops and fields that surround the city shaped my imagination growing up. As a transplant to Decatur, GA, inside the Atlanta metro area, I am learning how to navigate the traffic jungle with southern flair. On vacation the Gulf coast beaches near Sarasota, FL delight me. The fifth generation in my family to spend summers daydreaming under towering pines, feeling the embrace of whispering birches and swimming in cool lake waters, I feel most at home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. A sense of place anchors my writing.