Alice Sebold has a lot of life experience from which to draw inspiration. Growing up in Wisconsin, she moved to New York to attend Syracuse University. The last day of her freshman year, she was headed back to her dorm when she was raped in a tunnel. She later identified her attacker to the police, and he received the maximum sentence. After college, she became frustrated with her failing ambitions to write poetry and dabbled in heroin. Soon, she moved west, living in a cabin in the woods, writing by the light of a propane lamp. Today, she has three published novels and plenty of loyal readers.