J. R. Nakken always wanted to write, but couldn't stand rejection in her early years so pursued a successful career in accounting and business administration. She didn't write anything for publication from 1956 until Y2K. Her first book for young adults, Three-Point Shot, won a Writer's Digest award and her last one, Confessions of a Martian Schoolgirl, won the Readers' Digest Association's Reminisce Magazine Memoir contest, published in 2015. Ms. Nakken was raised on the South Dakota prairie and has lived coast to coast, finally making her home on the unparalleled Tulalip Indian Reservation north of Seattle, WA. She gardens (hyacinths for the soul, she says), plays bridge and pinochle, and cohabits with her soul mate, WWII veteran Dale Nakken and assorted eccentric felines.