Swati Avasthi has been writing fiction since she read LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS at age five. Emily Bronte, Harper Lee and many others furthered her addiction. She institutionalized her habit at the University of Chicago, where she received her B.A., and at the University of Minnesota, where she is currently studying for her M.F.A. She has received a Loft's Mentor Series Award, a Marcella DeBourg Fellowship, University of Minnesota's GRPP, the Thomas H. Shevlin Fellowship, and her fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her work has or will appear in numerous publications, including The Portland Review, Water~Stone Review and Special Gifts (Wyatt-Mackenzie, 2007). Her first novel, SPLIT (Knopf), was published in March 2010, and her second novel, title still pending (also Knopf), is scheduled for 2012. She lives with her riotously funny family --- two large dogs, two small kids, and one (but worth two) husband(s) --- in the Twin Cities.