Melinda Bramlett Joyner was born in the mountains of western North Carolina. She now splits her time between homes in Hiawassee, in the northeast Georgia mountains, and St. Pete Beach, on Florida’s gulf coast. Melinda and her husband, Kenneth, along with cat Attie Mae, love the mountains as well as the shore. She has two children, two stepchildren, and eight grandchildren. Melinda has always loved to write, and has had several poems published. Besides writing, she enjoys painting, gardening, traveling, hiking, and snow skiing.