Mary Walker Baron was born in the Arizona State Prison, where her grandfather, A. G. Walker, served as warden. She inherited his passion for social justice and social reform. As a licensed clinical social worker, Mary has devoted her clinical career to indigent, homeless, and severely mentally ill adults and children. She currently teaches for the University of Southern California's School of Social Work as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Mary's articles have appeared in both local and national newspapers and magazines. She is an award-winning educator and a dynamic facilitator and speaker. Her novel "But This Is Different" continues to receive high praise. Although she has never lived on a remote island in the South Pacific, Mary has on more than one occasion proven to herself that any landing you can walk away from is, if not perfect, at least good enough.