Writing and reading are my passions! My dream to be a writer began, when as a five year old child I would ask my mother to write down the stories I would make up about talking dogs. Since growing up and becoming further educated with a Bachelor's Degree in English (I have an affinity for classic literature), a Master's Degree in Leadership, and a degree in ultrasound, I have begun to pursue that dream in hopes of one day making it my career. I have many interests and ideas so my ultimate goal is to release works of fiction in multiple genres. Fantasy will always be my first love however, as I have always had an intense imagination that threatens to inundate me if not expelled onto paper. I currently have six published books: an ongoing fantasy series with four installments so far (and a fifth one coming soon!), a fantasy short story, and a suspense/thriller short story. Several of my books have won awards, but the first book in my fantasy series, The Grey Eyed Storm: The Occuli, Book One, has now won multiple awards which is very exciting!! Aside from writing, I enjoy physical activities like running, weight training and yoga. I am blessed to have an amazing family, close friends and two beloved canine companions. More information is available about my ongoing series at www.theocculi.com and on my author website at: www.christiemstenzel.com. You can also follow me on Facebook at Christie Stenzel: Author or on Twitter at @CStenzelWriter for more details on other published works and upcoming projects.