My name is Rosie Madigan and I am 34 years old. I grew up in the small town of Elizabethton in rural Tennessee as the second oldest of six children. In High School, I started a part-time job reporting on the local news for the Elizabethton Star. I married my High School sweetheart, Ethan, as soon as we graduated from school and the two babies, Ethan Jr and Felicity, followed shortly afterwards. Ethan and I divorced soon after Felicity was born. With no practical job skills and no writing positions available in the area, I supported myself and the kids by working full-time as a waitress at a pizzeria. My mother looked after the kids during the day and evening as I attended night school at Northeast State Community College. I met my partner, Theo, at the college. Theo was then working at the college as a computer programmer. In 2012, Theo landed a job as a senior programmer at a start up in Portland, Oregon. Ethan Jr and Felicity, now 17 and 15 years old, are pursuing their own interests and my days are free to write full time. Encouraged by the publication of my book on traditional Appalachian cooking, I started an online business counselling stay-at-home moms to start writing careers. Today, I spend my days writing and researching on the computer while Frederick, the African grey parrot, peers over my shoulder and Ella, the golden retriever, snoozes under the desk.