Cindy Hiday draws inspiration from the beautiful state of Oregon, where she lives with her husband and four-legged friends. Whether her characters are escaping it in IDITAROD NIGHTS, or driving toward it with a lead foot in FATHER, SON & GRACE, all her stories have a connection with the Pacific Northwest. Her writing has won numerous honors, including first place in the Kay Snow Awards for Fiction from Willamette Writers. When she isn't hard at work on the next novel, or mentoring the latest group of writing talent as a part-time instructor for Mt. Hood Community College, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and traveling.