Jessica Barksdale is the author of twelve traditionally published novels, including Her Daughter’s Eyes and When You Believe. Her latest novel How to Bake a Man is forthcoming October 2014 from Ghostwoods Books. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming inCompose, Salt Hill Journal, The Coachella Review, Carve Magazine, Storyacious, Mason’s Road, and So to Speak. She is a professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California and teaches online novel writing for UCLA Extension. You can read more at jessicabarksdaleinclan.com.