Amira K. Makansi is the author of "Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read," an informal guide to pairing great drinks with famous books. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in history, Amira quickly abandoned her quest to become a lawyer in favor of all things beverage-related. She spent her first few years out of college climbing around in stacks of wine barrels and hoeing weeds out of vineyards in France. She has served cocktails at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Chicago and cleaned hundred-year-old foudres at an Alsatian winery whose first vintage predates the French revolution. She got into writing accidentally, when her mother had a crazy dream and wanted to turn it into a book. That book became "The Sowing," the first book in the young adult dystopian Seeds series, which has been optioned for a Hollywood production. Now a full-time writer, Amira is delighted to spend her days writing, reading, drinking, cooking and exploring the great outdoors of her adopted state of Oregon.