Donna McLaughlin Schwender was once a Wildlife Biologist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service until fate intervened in the form of a tick bite on her tuckus. Since then, she has been erratically pushing a pen across paper in an attempt to find her way back into the real world. When she isn’t lounging around her upstate New York home in threadbare flannel pajamas and sole-worn L.L.Bean slippers, she can sometimes be spotted car dancing while driving to the local Shurfine grocery store to buy more coffee and half-n-half. Her dear husband Tim and their ever-changing menagerie of beloved furry friends are what keep her from buying a one-way ticket to the Maldives Islands. She is currently busy writing her first book – which will likely feature feathers as the main characters – but she swears that no birds will be harmed during its creation.