Mary Ann Winkowski was born in Cleveland, Ohio, with the ability to see and talk to Earthbound spirits. She has since used her abilities to help countless people around the world affected by Earthbound spirits or negative energy. She also inspired and served as a consultant on the CBS television show Ghost Whisperer and is the author of When Ghosts Speak; Beyond Delicious: The Ghost Whisperer's Cookbook; and two works of fiction based on her experiences, The Book of Illumination and The Ice Cradle. Mary Ann still lives in Cleveland with her husband, Ted, and Just Fred, their red-and-white cat. She also has two grown daughters. Visit Mary Ann online at maryannwinkowski.com. David Powers earned a degree in Creative Writing from Ohio University. He has worked as a freelance music critic, a section editor at an alternative newsweekly, and is currently a technical writer, creating help files for a leading software developer. His fiction has appeared under the name David Christopher in magazines such as Lost Worlds, The MacGuffin, and England's Enigmatic Tales. He recently launched "OH Hellmouth," a fiction blog inspired by "weird" Ohio, at graveworm.com.