Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she'd been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with two cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and always lots of books. Her novella THE PERKS OF BEING A BEAUTY won the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and her work has been called "sparkling" by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.