Meri Elena is a North Carolina speculative fiction writer, mostly dark fantasy and paranormal. She published her first short story when she was fourteen. She has now published two novels in her young adult urban fantasy series, Nightfall and Blood Magik, in addition to a smattering of short stories. Two of those are in Prospective Press’s Off the Beaten Path anthologies. She also has a biweekly blog, Encyclopaedia Felidae, about all things feline. She lives with two rescue cats, Joon and Wednesday.