By day, Lauricia Matuska is a mild-mannered teacher of high school literature and creative writing. By night she is a clandestine writer, fighting battles against time and responsibility to steal precious moments in which to compose the next pages of her current novel-in-progress. An avid reader of fantasy literature since the age of ten, her desire to write manifested in middle school but was buried under the well-meant warnings of concerned adults. Her freshman year in college began with courses in honors English and remedial college algebra. Two semesters of immense success in my literature classes and abysmal failure in remedial math convinced her that she was not designed to be a scientist, so she changed her major and returned to her first love.