Hollie Smurthwaite is the author of the paranormal romantic suspense novels The Color of Trauma and The Color of Betrayal. The Color of Trauma was the winner of the 2020 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project contest for adult fiction. She lives in Chicago with her husband, son, and too few pets. For a time, Hollie volunteered at the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline and learned so much from other volunteers, trainers, and the men and women calling in for a referrals, information, or simply a caring ear. In past lives, she’s been a checkout clerk, massage therapist, office manager, recruiter, magazine staff writer, pepper spray hawker, and belly dancer.