Angela Williams is a high-school drop out with degrees in Media and Communications and Creative Writing and a PhD in Creative Arts. Angela describes herself as having lived too many lives for one body. Across the years, she has worked as an academic, waiter, manager, salesperson, sex worker, glassie, health education officer, dominatrix, and very unsuccessful criminal. Born into a family rife with addiction, personality disorders, cyclic child abuse and mental illnesses, Angela escaped into words as a child, fantasy as an adolescent, heroin as a young adult, and came back to words when she found education.Weighed down as she was by her history, Angela always refused to be a silent victim. Her first-hand insights have appeared in several different publications, including speaking as 'Jennifer' in an article about mental health in NSW prisons by Inga Ting which was a finalist for the 2011 Human Rights Media Award.SNAKES AND LADDERS is Angela's first book.