Gretchen grew up in southeast Michigan, where she was always more interested in toy animals than Barbies. Never a fan of running around outside, she preferred reading and storytelling. She was bafflingly convinced at a young age that, because she loved animals so much, she would become a veterinarian (but kept the writing option open as a fallback plan): one ill-fated Girl Scout trip to a veterinarian’s office and the abandonment of any kind of a career in medicine later, and she’s writing, just like everyone kind of suspected she would.
She obtained a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Albion College, where she collected any experience and tidbit of information that could feasibly be used in a manuscript (including the ones that involved dissecting animals, even though the squeamishness never truly went away). In addition to the pieces she wrote for her classes and organizations (creative or otherwise), she worked as a peer consultant in the College’s writing center, helping other students improve their writing. Since graduating, she has done some technical writing and a few pop culture pieces, is a frequent contributor to the microfiction hashtags on Twitter, and is a regular participant in National Novel Writing Month. She prides herself on being able to take ideas and run with them, deconstructing them along the way.
When she’s not writing or reading, she’s dissecting films or playing trumpet: sometimes a modern horn, but she also takes up the antique one and dresses up in garb to play in a 19th-century brass band. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and cat.