D.E. Malone writes sweet contemporary romance as D.E. Malone, and is the author of the Hearts in Hendricks and Blueberry Point Romance series. She is also the author of middle-grade novels BINGO SUMMER and THE UPSIDE OF DOWN, writing as Dawn Malone. A former newspaper reporter, Dawn's writing has covered a wide range of subjects, from a creole cooking school in New Orleans to award-winning irises in a Wisconsin greenhouse. Writing those articles and working elsewhere over the years – as a cake assembly line worker, a yogurt seller, a substitute teacher, to name a few − helps her develop the dynamic characters who populate her stories. Her work has appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal, the Chicken Soup for the Soul Think Positive for Kids edition, and Highlights for Children and other newspapers and magazines. When she’s not writing, Dawn loves hiking, traveling, gardening, and searching for the holy grail of bakeries. She lives in central Illinois.