Dolores Arden likes to think of herself as a writer deferred. She first discovered her love for the craft many moons ago while taking creative writing classes in college. But then throw in life and distractions and a demanding career in an unrelated field—and it’s taken her more than thirty years to come around to it again. She’s lucky to call the San Francisco Bay Area home, and these days she spends most of her time hiking the trails, digging holes in the garden, or being walked by a large and enthusiastic Great Dane named Remy. Gray Matters is her first novel.