Laurie Cass grew up in Michigan and received a (largely unused) geology degree from college in the 1980s. In the late 1990s, she began writing. She felt the need to move on after several years in management and found a job with fewer responsibility. She was bored after a month and began to contemplate writing as a method to re-energize her mind. She started reading a lot of writing books and came across a line that said, Would it be reasons or results?