TRICIA FREY was raised on a farm in Northwest Ohio where her love of animals began. Over the years, pets in need of rescue—several cats and one wayward Sheltie—found their way into her home and heart. Early on, Tricia developed a love of reading and writing that she continued to pursue throughout her high school and college years, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Professional Writing from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. Tricia has since made a career in sales and marketing. Her love of Northern Michigan brought her to Traverse City in the late 1990s, where she now lives at her beloved Rivershire, nestled on the banks of the Boardman River. Tricia spends her free time nurturing her gardens, walking the many nearby beaches and hiking trails, and kayaking the beautiful Boardman.