Simone Martel is the author of a novel, A Cat Came Back, a memoir, The Expectant Gardener, and a story collection, Exile’s Garden. Simone was born in Oakland, CA. According to her family, she was teargassed on her way to nursery school, though she doesn’t remember that. After studying English at U.C. Berkeley, Simone created and operated an organic tomato farm near Stockton. She’s working on a new novel based on that experience.