Shelby Mahurin is The New York Times best-selling author of the "Serpent & Dove" trilogy. Her new book is "The Scarlet Veil." She grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn't fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. When not writing, Mahurin watches "The Office" and reads voraciously. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband and semi-feral children.