Rose DeMaris was born in Santa Ana, California, the only child of a single mom. She fell in love with words, books, and writing at an early age, and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Literature at UC San Diego, focusing on Russian and East Asian writers. After moving to Montana, she earned Master’s degrees in English and Native American Studies from Montana State University. She has had over 40 jobs, including florist, baker, university instructor, copywriter, jeweler, and fence-mender. Equally inspired by her two muses — the natural world and the city of Los Angeles — she divides her time between Montana and California.