Laurel McHargue was raised in Braintree, MA. After attending Smith College for three semesters, she then decided she would graduate from West Point in 1983 with the fourth class to include women. Her constant quest for adventure landed her in Leadville, CO where she has taught and currently writes and resides with her husband and Ranger, the German Shepherd. Laurel believes a life filled with challenges will never be boring. She blogs about her experiences at www.leadvillelaurel.com. Laurel writes with love, humor, compassion, and exasperation.