Rene Gutteridge is the author of 18 novels, including LISTEN, the Storm series (Tyndale House Publishers) and NEVER THE BRIDE, the Boo series, and the Occupational Hazards series from WaterBrook Press. She also released MY LIFE AS A DOORMAT and THE ULTIMATE GIFT: The Novelization with Thomas Nelson. Rene is also known for her Christian comedy sketches. She studied screenwriting while earning a mass communications degree, graduating magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University and earning the Excellence in Mass Communication Award. She served as the full-time director of drama for First United Methodist Church for five years before leaving to stay home and write. She enjoys instructing at writers conferences and in college classrooms. She lives with her husband, Sean, a musician, and their children in Oklahoma City.