Sheila Ortiz Taylor is a California-born, lesbian, Latina writer who taught fiction writing and literature at Florida State University for thirty-three years. Her six previous novels include Faultline, Coachella, and most recently Assisted Living. Her work, including the memoir, Imaginary Parents, is frequently taught in universities throughout this country and around the world. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, two Florida Indvidual Artist Fellowships, and an NEA Writing Fellowship. She lives in Tallahassee with her partner of twenty years.