Claudia Ricci, Ph.D., taught English, journalism and creative writing at the University at Albany, SUNY for 14 years, and did a year-long teaching sabbatical at Georgetown University in 2009. Formerly a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and a prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, she is now writing as a freelancer. She turned to fiction writing in 1991 and earned her Ph.D. in English (Teaching, Writing and Criticism) from SUNY Albany in 1996. Her first novel, Dreaming Maples, was published in 2002 after it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her second novel, Seeing Red, appeared in January, 2011. Her short fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines nationwide including Alaska Quarterly Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Bayou, Yemassee, Barkeater, The Adirondack Review, The MacGuffin, and Another Chicago Magazine. Ricci’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Business Week, Parents magazine and The Washington Post. She began writing for the Huffington Post in 2008 and keeps her own blog at http://www.mystorylives.blogspot.com.