Judy Colella (1953-Present) was born in New York City. Her parents were unmarried, and because of the prevailing attitudes of the era, gave her up for adoption. She lived in foster care until the age of three, when she was adopted by a wonderful couple who encouraged her musical abilities. An avid reader, Judy began writing her own stories when she was ten, later becoming a semi-professional story-teller at local summer camps. Today, she is a piano and voice teacher, jazz singer, and the author of over 65 books and short stories. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and three children, two dogs and a random cat. Her MacDara Chronicles series, beginning with "Overcomer - The Journey," has just seen the publication of Book III ("Defender - Beginnings"). The remaining five are written and will be released over the next few years. Judy Colella's other books available on Amazon include "Dark Life, Bright Death" and "The Warriors of Rinn" (science-fiction) as well as several more in different genres.