AVERY BROOKS grew up on the East Coast and has spent the years since gradually moving west. She has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology and has spent much of her life studying dominance, climate change, social justice issues, and human rights atrocities. While conducting postdoctoral research in New Orleans, she fell in love with the city, which has featured prominently in her writing. She has taught at multiple universities, but her most rewarding experiences involved teaching interdisciplinary courses on dominance, climate change, and LGBTQ studies.

Avery is a graduate of the 2018 Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy. When she’s not busy reading and writing fiction, she serves as a freelance copy editor for other authors, and uses her free time to advocate for social justice issues, women’s empowerment, and animal conservation in the face of a rapidly changing climate. She lives in Colorado, where she enjoys hiking with her two dogs, trying different microbrews, and rooting for the Saints.