Deanna Sjolander grew up in a small town in western Wisconsin. There wasn't much to do there, but she found at an early age she could escape into adventures courtesy of her local library and the books stocked there. When she was twelve, she tore into her first Romance novel, laying waste to any that crossed her path for years to come. Her senior year of high school, while working at the local Barnes & Noble, she rediscovered science fiction and fantasy literature.
After zipping through about five college majors, she ended up focusing on English and attaining a Bachelor of Arts in English at University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. While in school, she took several writing courses, solidifying what she knew would be ultimate career. She also worked on the school's literary journal, The Steam Ticket, which gave her just a taste of the publishing business. It was enough to get her hooked.
Six months later, Deanna attended Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction program earning a Masters of Arts in 2004.
Deanna is currently outlining and researching several projects including a time travel romance, adventure sci-fantasy romance and a YA adventure sci-fantasy. Deanna was a contributing writer and co-editor to the Hazard Yet Forward Anthology and edits for Rook Creek Books and Dog Star Books. She also does freelance!
Some of her interests include (but aren't limited to):
• Social Dancing - especially Swing and Polka. (Yes, polka! She's originally from the land of beer, cheese, and German music. That would be Wisconsin.)
• Screen Printing
• Music - both listening and performing
• Vintage clothing - Mid-Century is her favorite.
She can be found most Sundays curled up on the couch, with her laptop, enjoying both new and favorite movies such as: Harry Potter, Bottle Shock, V for Vendetta, The Marvel Movies, Notting Hill, Love Actually, The Day After Tomorrow (and other terrible disaster flicks) and the Shawshank Redemption, for example.
Lately, she's been all about Dr. Who, Game of Thrones, and rewatching Stargate: SG1.
She enjoys reading many different genres and non-fiction topics but her current favorites fall into one of these categories: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance or Young Adult.
Some of her favorite authors are: Douglas Adams, MaryJanice Davidson, Gail Carriger, Charlaine Harris, Maria V. Snyder, Sarah Addison Allen, Rick Riordan, JK Rowling, and Mercedes Lackey.
Deanna believes anything worth doing is better with a soundtrack. She thrives with a beat in the background and her musical tastes are all over the place. Her current favorites include: Muse, Green River Ordinance, Mumford & Sons, Dave Matthews Band, Haim, Lindsey Stirling, Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and more.Deanna lives in Minnesota's gorgeous Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul with her grumpy golden pup, Brigs.