Carol Trant Dean was born in Dothan, Alabama, and attended the University of Alabama where she obtained her Master of Arts degree in secondary education and French. She then taught students from age 5 to adults. Next she completed her course work at Troy University half-way between a Master’s and doctoral degree in Counseling and Psychology and became a Licensed Professional Counselor. She was active in her professional associations in both professions, having served as president of the Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association and on the board for the Alabama Play Therapy Association. As a recent retiree she is enjoying writing, volunteer work, and international travel. She and her husband live on the Eastern Shore of Alabama with their aging rescue dog and love spending time with their grandchildren.