Inez Schaechterle grew up in northwestern Nevada on a diet of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tolkien, and old western and gangster movies. After studying to be a costume historian, she worked as an office temp, a community sex educator, and a grant writer. Eventually, she returned to school and studied fiction writing with author Susan Palwick, going on to earn a Ph.D. in English rhetoric and composition. A graduate of Clarion West writing workshop, Inez now teaches college writing and literature in Holbrook, Arizona. She lives with three dogs, two cats, an elderly parrot, and two snakes in a house full of books and craft supplies.