Born in northern Idaho, Rae Ellen Lee was raised on a stump ranch before heading off to the big city of Butte, Montana, to learn secretarial and modeling skills. Lee landed an assignment with the Department of State, Foreign Service, and served in Washington, D.C., Switzerland, and Yugoslavia. Later, with a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Idaho, Lee worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho and Montana, where she designed clearcuts that looked like natural clearings. Transferring these creative skills to writing wasn’t the leap one might imagine.
Rae Ellen now lives near Bellingham, Washington. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking with her dog, Sudsie, and friends, as well as kayaking, biking, and making art.