Alana Joli Abbott is a transplanted Midwesterner who has been living in Branford since 2005. Formerly a staffer at the reference desk at the James Blackstone Memorial Library, Alana is a full-time freelance writer and editor. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in Connecticut Explored (when it was the Hog River Journal) and Journey to the Sea. She is the author of two fantasy novels, Into the Reach and Departure, and was the lead writer for the web comic Cowboys and Aliens II, a spin-off of the original comic, soon to be a film. She is also an award-winning contributor to adventure role playing games. You can follow her work at http://www.virgilandbeatrice.com.