Arizela ran away to Vegas in the ’97 to marry her true love and hasn’t regretted a moment since. In 2006 she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in nursing and immediately went into the specialty of neonatal (newborn) intensive care nursing. In 2009, she developed a debilitating heart arrhythmia. After two years of complete disability, her heart got better (mostly), allowing her to return to her career and continue with plans to become a nurse researcher. She finished her BSN at Ohio University in 2013 and immediately enrolled at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, where she spent half a decade living in electronic journal databases and conducting research toward the goal of improving birth outcomes and the lives of children who don’t have great starts. She now works as a postdoctoral scholar.
With an ever present laptop, a deep social conscience, and disproportionate loves of yarn and speculative fiction. Arizela lives in the wilds of Kentucky with her wonderful husband and a dog. She is proud mom to an adult daughter. Her time is carefully divided between committing acts of science, knitting, pretending not to spoil the dog, and writing about smokin’ hot ninja witch hunters and telepathic nonbinary dryad wolves.
Note: Because I’ve been asked, kind of a lot – the name Arizela was the result of a constructed language (conlang) my husband created in college with a friend in the early 90’s. It means “guardian of the desert.” It is shared with a genus of moth (thank you wikipedia) and a handful of folks who’ve sprouted up on the internet over the last 20+ years. I sometimes go by Ari (pronounced “airy”) or Zela (rhymes with “hella”) for short.