Judy Kiriazis is a native of Chicago. She has had a checkered career, including: running a stock photo house, writing free-lance articles for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, managing Inland Architect Magazine, being research assistant to Architect Harry Weese, serving as Executive Director of the Lake MIchigan Federation, and teaching on the university level. She holds a Ph.D. in zoology with a specialty in animal communication. At this moment, she is a fused glass artist and jewelry designer, and runs a business selling gemstones from the website she created and runs, Heart of Stone Studio. She lives in the high desert of Arizona.