Merrie Haskell was born Michigan, but grew up in North Carolina. She returned to her home state in 1993 to attend the University of Michigan. She now lives in Saline, Michigan, with her husband and stepdaughter. Merrie's short fiction has appeared in Nature, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and Unplugged: The Year's Best Online Fiction 2008. She is the author of THE PRINCESS CURSE.