Tamara Dietrich was born in Germany and raised in Appalachia. She has bounced around in states as far-flung as Maryland, New Mexico, Maine, New York, Arizona and, now, Virginia. Along the way, she has become an award-winning newspaper journalist for her news reporting, feature writing and column writing. When shes not spending every free moment working on novels, shes cycling, hiking, jogging and gardening. Travel is a particular pleasure, although she doesnt get nearly enough of it. Shes the mother of a 19-year-old son, and provides room and board and couch privileges to three cats and a dog. The Hummingbird's Cage is her debut novel.