Anna Jean (A.J.) Mayhew, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, has never lived outside the state, although she often travels to Europe with her Swiss-born husband. Much of A.J.’s work reflects her vivid memories of growing up in the segregated South. She has been both production editor of a major medical journal and editor of a science-fiction fan magazine; in earlier careers, she ran a court reporting agency and worked in opera management. A.J. has been a member of the same writing group since 1987, and now leads two groups herself. She is a writer-in-residence at The Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Her credits include a book of trivia about South Carolina, a guide for medical writing, and a story in Writers of the Future, Volume I. The Dry Grass of August is her first novel. She is working on her second novel, Tomorrow’s Bread.