Miriam Sidanius grew up in Southern California. She received a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from California State University, Los Angeles and worked in that field for several years before taking a sabbatical to teach English as a second language in Japan. She began her writing career as a poet, publishing several poems both in California and Japan. When she returned to California, she earned a secondary teaching credential and taught high school English at Monroe High School for ten years, which inspired the novel Five Blocks Down. She moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband, a professor of psychology, in 2006. Miriam currently teaches literature and composition at Quincy College and is completing her second novel, Glowflies on the Face of God.