Patty Panni was born and spent her childhood in North Manchester, Indiana where, thanks to a memorable fifth grade teacher, she fell in love with Beverly Cleary books. She has been writing ever since. In those days, she kept her stories and journals in spiral-bound notebooks. Today, she is an active member of an online writing community called Deadlines for Writers, twice completing the 12 Short Stories in 12 Months challenge and currently in the midst of a 30 Days of Show Don’t Tell challenge. Patty, now retired, spends her leisure time spoiling her husband, Steve, her cat, Hobbes, and her dog, Audrey, and writing a little bit of everything -- from humor to suspense, with an occasional romance thrown in for good measure. She is currently working on a novel that deals with the harrowing world of human trafficking. When Patty isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking for and entertaining family and friends.