Kate Neville received her M.A. in Tolkien Studies from Signum University with a thesis examining the development of Lúthien Tinúviel through 1931. Her previous degree was from Vassar College in 1975, where she majored in drama. The intervening years were devoted primarily to family and local theater; she currently keeps the books for her husband’s online publishing business, serves on the board of the local public library, and looks forward to many more years devoted to studying the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.