Crystal Atamian grew up in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Her first loves are hiking and lemon ice cream. She also enjoys biking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, fishing, downhill skiing, disc golfing, birding, paddleboarding, and chasing butterflies. After spending summer 2016 in the Alps, she is convinced that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. Crystal lives with her husband and two children in Spokane, where she works as a copyeditor for several academic journals.