Mieke H. Bomann has been a writer and editor for radio, newspapers, a wire service, colleges, and college prep schools for thirty years. Beginning as a radio announcer in southern California, she went on to work as city hall reporter for a newspaper in Ohio, business writer for USA Today in Washington and, based in Seattle, national correspondent for the American News Service. She spent five years freelancing travel stories and humor pieces—including a radio cooking show that did not involve actual food—and served as staff writer for two college and two prep school alumni magazines. She earned a master’s degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science at Kenyon College. She and her partner live in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and they remain hopeful that this year, winter will simply happen somewhere else.