Mara Rutherford began her writing career as a journalist but quickly discovered she far preferred fantasy to reality. Originally from California, Mara has since lived all over the world, from Russia to Peru. A triplet born on Leap Day, Mara would rather study the folklore of her next destination than the language (which she has found is a lot more fun but not nearly as useful). She is a former Pitch Wars mentee and three-time mentor. She is the author of Crown of Coral and Pearl and its sequel, Kingdom of Sea and Stone.