Brenda Poulos is a 1967 Graduate of Tempe High School; a 1972 Graduate of Arizona State University; and received her Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in 1993. She was employed for 35 years by Mesa Public Schools, during which time she taught high school, special education. Kindergarten, third grade, and reading. She also served as an elementary school counselor. She had visions of spending her retirement years in a rustic cabin in the woods in the summer and her winters under an umbrella on exotic beaches reading novels. But, instead she found that her passion for writing and storytelling was rekindled, launching her into a new career as a writer. Her vision of “the good life” is now being lived out everyday in her home office. It is there that she wrote her first novel, Runaways: The Long Journey Home, which tells the emotional story of lives forever changed by the power of forgiveness. When writing her book, she drew from her unique perspective as a school counselor, in which she often worked with families struggling in abusive situations. Although the story she has woven is totally fictional, and depicts abuse at its extreme, it is based on truths that she learned in her interactions with families and the state child protective agencies that serve them. Runaways: The Long Journey Home shows that God can make positive situations out of horrific circumstances, providing hope for families of abuse through the biblical principle of forgiveness. Even the most heinous individuals are not beyond the reach of God’s unconditional love. Even though she transitioned into a full-time writing career, she still allocates time to volunteering at her church, the school her grandsons attend, and Hospice of the Valley. She is a member of Author Academy Elite, American Christian Fiction Writers, and current president of Christian Writers of the West. She and her husband, John, make their home in Mesa, Arizona. They have four children, seven grandchildren, a wayward rescue cat and an energetic sixteen-year-old dog that needs constant reminders to act his age.