Laura Elias is the pen name of a San Francisco writer and editor. In her "vanilla" life, she has written on topics as diverse as online education, dog training (okay, that one came in handy for this book!), art criticism, and cookery. She has edited books on human sexuality, and as a journalist has researched pieces that included opportunities for her to visit a yuppie swinger party, a BDSM "slave" auction, and an interactive class on the top 20 sexual positions. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, too many cats, and a rather impressive collection of sexy shoes.