Diane D. Gillette first started writing down stories in the dentist office waiting room one boring afternoon when she was seven, and she never really stopped. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and later earned her MAT in Elementary Education from the University of Chicago. (Because teaching writing to a bunch of really awesome kids is almost as much fun as actually writing.) She's had more than 30 of her short stories and prose poems published in various literary magazines over the past decade. She is a founding member of the Chicago Literary Writers, a small writing group that offers community and support to literary writers in the Chicago area. In the summer of 2016, she co-founded Cat on a Leash Review, an online literary magazine for short fiction. She lives, writes, and teaches in Chicago. In her free time, she's probably reading a book, experimenting with vegan cooking (without actually committing to be a vegan), or enjoying some couch time with her two cats and the love of her life.