Jennifer W. Spirko has worked as a librarian, journalist and teacher, and now she is the Volunteer Development Manager for the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. She has taught at the University of Tennessee, North Carolina State University, Pellissippi State Community College, Meredith College and Maryville College. She holds an M.A. from the Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham, UK, and is ABD in Renaissance/Medieval studies at the University of Tennessee. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband, two young-adult offspring and five cats. She frequently leads pub trivia and always includes at least one Tolkien question.