Bio: Phyll Ashworth was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and attended Northwestern University. She began writing poetry and stories at a young age, and was a regular contributor to her schools? newspapers and yearbooks. As a result of winning a writing contest, her first novel was published in 1986; and since then she has had six more novels published, as well as a non-fiction book, several short stories and many articles, some published under Phyll Ashworth, her maiden name, and the rest under her married name. She is a member of Mensa, is listed in Who?s Who in American Women, has three children and four step-children. She and her husband live in California.