Clarissa Southwick was born to a family of gypsies and spent her childhood traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe. As a teenager, she was adopted by a Bedouin tribe. For many years, she spent her winters traveling the Sahara , and her summers pirating on the Barbary Coast. It was only after her children insisted she give up her nomadic ways that she settled in Idaho. She now spends half her days writing, and the other half waiting on a quintet of bossy dwarfs.