Lisa Celia Balderston was born and raised in San Diego, California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from San Diego State University and completed  her Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University where she teaches writing courses. Previously, she worked as a Supplemental Instruction Leader and Instructional Assistant at San Diego Miramar College in the English Department and has taught Creative Writing 101 at a community center. Prior to teaching, Lisa owned and operated an event photography business for several years telling stories through images of family adventures, couples in love and wedding celebrations. Lisa is married to her college sweetheart, Matt, and they have two sons, Eric and Alex.