When Leslie Budewitz was eight years old, she packed cereal in the shoe drawer of her red vinyl Barbie case and ran away. When she'd eaten all the cereal, she went home. She now lives with her husband in the woods outside Bigfork, Montana. A practicing lawyer, she answers writers' questions about incorporating legal issues into fiction at LawandFiction.com. She writes fiction because she is a better person when she spends part of her time with people who only exist because she made them up.