Elaine Oswald was born in the north of England and lived with her siblings in a haunted manse, where her parents read stories and poetry to them. Visiting wondrous places such as Narnia, Middle Earth, and Camelot inspired her love of language. She went on to complete an Arts and Humanities degree with the Open University, followed by a PGCE with Teaching Distinction, and taught at Amersham & Wycombe College before moving to the USA. After a few more relocations, she completed a Master’s degree in Medieval Literature & Linguistics, and a PhD in Literature, at the University of Tennessee, where she won the Excellence in Teaching Award. Most recently, she taught Women’s Studies, as well as TEFL, at Pellissippi State college in Tennessee, and led students on study abroad programs. Travelling and teaching gave her the opportunity to meet and listen to people who live in the informal townships surrounding Lima, Peru; undocumented people who illegally cross the border between the US and Mexico; and women who were beaten and raped in South Africa. Witnessing these horrendous stories and seeing first-hand how reading and writing can empower people has reinforced Elaine’s belief in the importance of literacy. She will continue to share her love of language and stories in the Scottish Borders, her latest home.