J.C. Sasser started her professional career at age twelve, working as a dishwasher, waitress, and cook at a truck stop off Georgia's I-16. Over her life, she has worked as an envelope licker, tortoise tagger, lifeguard, Senate page, model, editor, water-polo coach, marine biologist, plant grower, and software consultant. Gradle Bird was a short list finalist in the 2015 William Faulkner William Wisdom novel competition, and her other writing credits include the short story and screenplay, The Pigeon Catcher (Ceiba Productions 2002). She lives in an old barn on Edisto Ilsan, SC with her husband, Thomas, along with their two sons, T.C. and Robert-Esten, two dogs, Cro and Blue Moon June, Siamese Fighting Fish, and a flock of chickens. Gradle Bird is her first novel.