Erica Frass, currently 11 years old, has an enormous love for animals. She volunteers with the local animal shelter, and she plans to become a veterinarian and work at the zoo. She and her family have two dogs and one cat, all adopted from rescue groups near their home in Oklahoma. She dreams of one day owning a horse. Her other interests include reading animal adventure novels, drawing animals, crafting and working on creative projects, being outside in nature, and spending time with her family and friends. Erica was inspired to write her first book, The Northern Lights, in response to author/publisher Stephen Kozan’s visit to her school where he issued a “Flash Fiction” challenge to the students. Erica was the winner of the challenge and was given the opportunity to transform her story idea into a published work of fiction.