Melissa Koberlein is a professor of communication in eastern Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband and their two daughters who inspire her in many ways. In her academic days, she earned a doctorate in sociology from Oklahoma State University studying social psychology and social inequalities. Her passion for stories comes from an imaginative childhood where every day ended with a book. She enjoys reading and writing about science fiction, the spectacular, technology and, of course, romance. She embraces her romantic 'geekiness' and enjoys sharing it with the world. "Fireflies," a young adult trilogy, melds romance and light science fiction as an allegory for the future potential of nanotechnology and the human race.