Sylvia Torti is the author of The Scorpion's Tail, a Miguel Marmol Award winner. She holds a Ph.D. in biology and is Adjunct Professor in biology, as well as current Dean of the Honors College at the University of Utah. She completed a BA degree at Earlham College. Born and raised in Ohio to an Argentine parent, she has traveled and studied extensively and is fluent in English, Spanish and Danish. She is the past president of Writers at Work, and lives and writes in Salt Lake City, Utah.