Roberta Brown was born and raised in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has always written, whether it was in journals, short stories in writing classes in high school, or business letters with a clever twist. Roberta’s obsession with Cher and Cher’s nails led her to go to cosmetology school and get her manicuring license. After being in the beauty business for twenty years, an anxiety disorder forced her to change direction. Roberta reinvented herself and started her own business as a marketing consultant and client-services director working from home. That business is small and going strong to this day. THE SHOULDING: A Story of Resilience and Hope is her first book. Roberta continues to live in the Minneapolis area with her cats, better known as her “fuzzy children.”