Stacey Filak was born in a rural town in Michigan (population 400) where she grew up with an obsessive imagination and a hunger for stories of all kinds. She was the first of her family to attend college, where she studied to be an English teacher (mostly so she could spend time reading.) She has run an in-home daycare, worked in book-keeping, and as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband, four children, and a menagerie of pets with nerdy names. THE QUEEN UNDERNEATH is her first novel.