Mary Ellen Lisciandra is a native New Yorker from Queens Village, NY. She graduated from Jamaica High School and then attended Suffolk County Community College. She spent fifteen years in nursing, both in New York and in Florida. Now, semi-retired, she lives in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. She enjoys writing, poetry and music, especially jazz, opera, and classical. She is an avid reader of books about history and is extremely interested in the Prohibition Era and the gangsters of Chicago. An innovative and diverse writer, Mary Ellen likes to inspire passion, making a powerful impact to all her readers. Stolen Lives — which draws on her interest in the Roaring 20s — will be her first published novella. It is about choices, lost morality, and a dangerous mix of power, arrogance, greed and revenge. The book points out that in any society, past or present, you pay for who you are.