Allison Estes grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, and recently moved back after a 29-year stint in New York City. She has written numerous books for kid and adult readers, including "The Short Stirrup Club" series (Simon & Schuster); "Paw & Order: Dramatic Investigations by an Animal Cop on the Beat" (Bowtie Press); and a picture book, "Izzy & Oscar" (Sourcebooks, 2015). She is an adjunct professor of IMC Journalism at the University of Mississippi and a faculty and founding member of New York Writers Workshop http://www.newyorkwritersworkshop.com/. She also works as a freelance editor, and has taught writing workshops to all ages for about a million years. If she isn't busy working or soccer-momming, she is probably at choir practice, riding to hounds, or reading a book.