Elise Oberliesen s a freelance journalist who has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Colorado Daily, AAA HomeandAway Magazine and websites such as AARP.com, nurse.com, and the Colorado Health Foundation. When Oberliesen is not glued to the laptop researching or writing, she spends time lifting weights, skiing, or creating mixed media art. She has two sons and a fur baby called Chester. She earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and now lives in Denver, CO.