Melissa Koberlein is a young adult author and professor of communication and publishing. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. Her passion for stories comes from an imaginative childhood where every day ended with a book. She enjoys reading and writing about the spectacular, sci-fi, technology and romance. She embraces her geekiness and loves sharing it with the world. "Fireflies," a young adult trilogy, melding romance and light science fiction is a fun and quirky allegory for the future of nanotechnology. She's also written about virtual reality ("Deadlock"), space ("Raven’s Sphere"), and androids (her newest series, "Ashwater").