R.Z. Halleson grew up on a small dairy farm outside of Westby, Wisconsin. She graduated from the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing, Minneapolis; South Dakota State University,Brookings; and received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. She has traveled widely and lived for a time in Venezuela. She has worked as a registered nurse and later became a marketing professional in the child welfare, and retirement housing industries.
Halleson has written articles for newspapers, magazines, and other print materials and videos under various names for most of her adult life and now concentrates on essays, biographies, and novels using the pen name R.Z. Halleson. She loves technology, graphic design, photography, and illustration, but being self-taught in most of her endeavors, considers herself an expert in none feeling that there is always so much more to learn.