Lolly Winston, born and raised in the glamorous insurance capital of Hartford, Connecticut, holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied with Alan Gurganus and wrote a collection of short stories as her thesis. In the early eighties she went to Hawaii for eight days and stayed for eight years, boogie boarding and working as a corporate copy writer and public affairs officer at a local trauma hospital. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early nineties, where she continued to work as a public relations professional. Her first foray into freelance journalism was as a stringer for Automotive News. After falling off the corporate ladder, she began working from home as a freelance writer for high-tech companies and the San Jose Mercury News. Since then her work has appeared in the magazines Redbook, Family Circle, Working Mother, New Woman, Sunset, Lifetime, and others. She has also taught classes in freelance writing. She lives with her husband in Northern California.