Laurie McKay lives in Durham, NC, with her family and two elderly dogs. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master's degree in biological oceanography from North Carolina State University. She's taught at the Chesapeake Bay Governor's School for Marine and Environmental Science and in the North Carolina community college system. When she's not dodging students and prepping lab activities, she's sitting at a local coffee shop and daydreaming about all things fantastical and science fiction. Her debut novel VILLAIN KEEPER: The Last Dragon Charmer #1 is available now and QUEST MAKER: The Last Dragon Charmer #2 will be available of Feb 2nd, 2015. Follow her on Twitter @McKayLL and visit her online at www.lauriemckay.net.