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I live in Fox, Alaska: an unincorporated spot on the map about 11 miles north of Fairbanks. In the summer, we have 90-degree weather with nearly 24 hours of daylight; in the winter, -50F is not uncommon and the sun barely creeps above the horizon. Our house is built on old gravel tailings from strip-mining for gold at the turn of the century. An old telegraph line from the same era runs across the back of our property. Eleven miles south of us, you will find Fairbanks, a town of 40,000 people with Wal-Mart, urban congestion and a 20,000 circulation daily newspaper, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, where I am the supervisor in the layout department.

I was born in Alaska -- in a small log cabin that had been built by a trapper after World War II and then rebuilt by my parents when they moved to the woods to try a rural-hippie lifestyle in 1975. I was homeschooled and we had no electricity or running water. I moved to Fairbanks when I graduated from high school to attend UAF, where I met my husband Orion Lawlor, now a faculty member in the computer science department. We lived in Champaign, Illinois for four years while he got his PhD and then moved back in 2004.

I draw comics like an obsessive crazy person. Currently I have four series: Kismet (of which Hunter's Moon represents the major part), a dystopic sci-fi series; Midnight Sun (presently on hiatus), my stab at a superhero comic ... in Alaska; Freebird, a tale of Fox, Alaska; and Raven's Children, my original flagship series, an Arctic fantasy currently on hiatus.