Born and raised in midcoast Maine, Jen Blood is author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mystery series. She began her writing career as a freelance journalist and editor as an undergraduate at Goddard College, and continued in graduate school at the University of Southern Maine, where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing/Popular Fiction. She was arts editor of the campus Free Press, editor and ghostwriter for the business publisher Aspatore Books, and did transcription, editing, and copywriting for award-winning filmmaker Richard Searls. After grad school, she traveled the country, continuing to study the writing craft and taking whatever jobs she could get in the field of writing. That included editing for the aforementioned Aspatore books, ghostwriting for Hyperink Press, proofreading manga for Random House, and editing zombie erotica (about zombies, not for them) for a publishing house out of L.A. She is currently once again based in the midcoast, where she is hard at work on the next Erin Solomon novel, and runs Adian Enterprises, providing writing, editing, and related consulting services for independent and traditionally published authors. Yes, Jen Blood is her real name.