Akshaya Raman fell in love with writing when she wrote her first story at the age of ten. Though she graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in biology, she gave up pursuing a career in science to write books. She is a co-founder and contributor to Writer's Block Party, a group blog about writing and publishing, and has served on the planning teams of several book festivals. She lives in the Bay Area with an actual scaredy cat, and in her free time, she enjoys baking, traveling and watching too much reality TV. Her new book is "The Ivory Key."