Karen Alea lives in Franklin, TN. She has her MFA from Bennington College and is an alumna of Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her short stories have been published in various magazines including Eureka, Stickman Review, Riverwalk Journal and the anthology, Catch Fire in the Treetops. Her short story “The Next Guy” won The Nashville Scene fiction contest judged by Ann Patchett, which led to a guest column in the publication. She has written non-fiction for About.com, Huffington Post, and, somehow, Auto Restorer. She freelances, coaches new writers and is a mentor for MTSU Write at Middle Tennessee State University.