Deanna Sjolander

Minnesota Writer, Artist, Corporate Trainer

Deanna Lepsch grew up in a small town in western Wisconsin. There wasn't much to do there, but she found at an early age she could escape into adventures courtesy of her local library and the books stocked there. When she was twelve, she tore into her first Romance novel, laying waste to any that crossed her path for years to come. Her senior year of high school, while working at the local Barnes & Noble, she rediscovered science fiction and fantasy literature. After zipping through about five college majors, she ended up focusing on English and attaining a Bachelor of Arts in English. While in school, she took several writing courses and worked on the school's literary journal, The Steam Ticket, which gave her just a taste of the publishing business, solidifying what she knew would be ultimate career. It was enough to get her hooked. Six months later, Deanna attended Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction program earning a Masters of Arts in 2004. Deanna is currently outlining and researching several projects including a time travel romance, adventure sci-fantasy romance and a YA adventure sci-fantasy. Her focus is on finishing her contemporary romance, Bass Desires. Deanna was a contributing writer and co-editor to the Hazard Yet Forward Anthology and is an editor for Dog Star Books. She enjoys reading many different genres and non-fiction topics but her current favorites fall into one of these categories: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance or Young Adult. Deanna lives in Minnesota's gorgeous Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul with her husband and two mischievous dogs, Brigs and Holly.