A former newspaper reporter, Brenda Buchanan grew up in a newspaper-reading family in a mill town in Central Massachusetts. The journalism bug bit hard at age 16 when she co-wrote an exposé about the enormous disparity in spending on boys and girls sports at her high school. The powers that be were not amused, making the experience a great lesson in the power of the press. Brenda worked as a copyboy (no one ever said copygirl) and later a reporter trainee at the Boston Globe while an undergraduate at Northeastern University. She was a reporter and columnist at the York County Coast Star in Kennebunk, Maine before attending law school at the University of Maine. Now a lawyer by day and writer by night, Brenda lives near Portland, Maine with her spouse, Diane Kenty.