Jenna Teves earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She lives with her husband and stepchildren in Charleston, South Carolina, where she is a psychologist specializing in couples therapy. Researching the lives of women born in the South, she was inspired by their intricate stories and by their courage in embracing challenges and breaking barriers to build a better world.