Renee Macalino Rutledge writes and parents in Alameda, where you’ll find her walking the island with her husband, daughters, and miniature Australian shepherd, Skye. Renee has a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Mills College. Her features about parenting, arts and culture, news, and lifestyle can be found in various local and national publications, including Oakland Magazine, Parents’ Press, and Haute Living Magazine. Her first novel, The Hour of Daydreams, is forthcoming from Forest Avenue Press in early 2017.