Sherry L. Ross grew up in a home where writing and art were part of everyday life. She spent most days reading classic fantasy novels and writing poetry. Her first middle-grade novel, RETURN OF THE VINETROPES, is the fulfillment of a childhood dream. It combines her love of fantasy with poetry and prose. She has lectured on poetry and writing to middle school aged children. Ross is also the author of The Sorrell Ridge Cookbook and a book of poetry entitled Seeds of Pomegranate. In addition, she is the editor-in-chief of the Art Renewal Center, a non-profit foundation leading the revival of realism in the visual fine arts. Sherry Ross currently lives with her husband Fred Ross and their three cats in a house in the middle of the woods.