ROXANNE VELETZOS was born in Bucharest, Romania. As a young teen, she moved to California where she began writing short stories about her native Eastern Europe, at first as a cathartic experience transitioning to a new culture, then simply to pursue what had become an unrelenting passion. With a bachelor's degree in journalism, she has worked as an editor, content writer and marketing manager for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Roxanne lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons. Her debut novel, THE GIRL THEY LEFT BEHIND has been published in ten countries and is an international bestseller.

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