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 at 13 published her first poem — a few lines about a tree. In high school she began attempting to write novels in earnest. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Literatures of the World at UC San Diego, focusing on Russian and East Asian writers. After moving to Montana at 22, she earned Master’s degrees in English and Native American Studies from Montana State University. During that time, she wrote numerous articles and essays for regional periodicals, always while working on a book or two. Since the publication of her debut novel, The Lovebird (Random House, 2013), she has completed two new works of literary fiction, The Doves of Altadena and The Pregnant Sister. Rose is currently at work on another novel and a memoir. Her 40+ jobs have included barista, florist, baker, college 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 Bozeman, Montana and California.