After finishing an undergraduate fiction thesis, Mandy Brown graduated summa cum laude from Texas State University with a BA in Professional Writing. She leapt into motherhood and her writing and found that grafting the two is extremely challenging but well worth the rewards. Mandy currently works from home as a writer, freelance book editor, and the Managing Editor for eSteampunk, an e-magazine and Amazon bestseller. Internationally published, Mandy’s work is forthcoming or has appeared inBartleby Snopes, Long Story Short, Extract(s), The Oklahoma Review, 4’33”, and many more. Her short story “The Last Silver Button” was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. Mandy plans to pursue her MFA in Fiction when her daughter starts school, but she’s not trying to rush things either. Tillie Olsen Fellow.