Melinda Wilferth graduated in 1988 from the University of Missouri with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Structural Design and Interior Design.. Since 1989, Melinda has been primarily employed in the design field. As an employee, she has worked in direct sales, as sales manager, and as project manager. She has also been an independent contractor on numerous design projects, and during a six-month period encompassed by her book Lost in the Here, she worked successfully in insurance sales. She started, owned and managed an "I Sold It on E-bay" franchise near her home in Eagle, Colorado and eventually sold the business. Due to her husband's illness, Melinda was inspired to get into the medical field and is currently working for a large pharmaceutical company near her family in Missouri. Melinda is a personable and caring individual who has worked closely with people throughout her career. In the process, she has developed strong public speaking and presentation skills. She feels comfortable speaking in virtually any venue, before large and small audiences, about her family's unique challenges, her faith and what it has meant to her in dealing with those challenges, and other topics encompassed by the book, including stem cell treatment. Over her career, Melinda has done considerable business-related writing in the form of Web site texts, bios, news articles, and advertisements. Lost in the Here is the author's first venture into writing a book.