Louise Spiegler writes fiction for young adults, though she knows the future may bring change (travel brochures? blues epics? get-well cards?). Her first novel, The Amethyst Road, was published by Clarion in 2005 and was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award (Hugo-Nebula Awards Program). Her next novel, The Jewel and the Key, is also set to be published by Clarion. The Jack Straw program is providing support and encouragement for her new novel, The Lares, set in Ancient Rome. She teaches History and English at Cascadia Community College, and lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons.