Tamara Jorell holds degrees in French, English, and Communication from the University of North Dakota. For years, she worked with adults with developmental disabilities and coordinated fundraising events for the Marcy Arts Partnership. Now she is a freelance grant writer, creative writer, and host mom for Safe Families for Children. Since 2012, she and her family have hosted twenty-eight children in crisis. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband of twenty-four years, their three daughters, and their beloved dog Lala.