M. E. Allen lives with her family in prime Eater territory on the East Coast. She met Ara (and a lot of other fun and interesting people) in S.M. Stirling Appreciation Facebook page. They write together, "two brains, 20 fingers" in google docs. Sometime one is writing the first half of the sentence while the other is writing the second half. She would like to say that being edited by Kier is a delight.