Heather Gemmen Wilson is an award-winning author, having published over 20 books, most notably her memoir, Startling Beauty. She enjoyed a 20-year career in publishing as a book editor before returning to school. She earned her MA in Creative Writing at Ball State University and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Ashland University. She has discovered that education brings not just new knowledge but a sense of exhilaration. As bell hooks says, we are “changed by ideas.” Heather is now teaching writing at the university level, fulfilling her passion to help the next generation of writers to find their voices and impact the world.