JM Beal started writing back in the dark days before smart devices, on pieces of receipt paper while working behind a drug store checkout counter. She’s currently halfway through a series of children’s books based on Edgar Allan Poe stories retold by animals. She also writes paranormal and science fiction books for adults. When she’s not pretending to write, she pretends to co-run Golden Fleece Press. She lives outside DC with one-point-five humans and three cats.