Dana McSwain grew up on the shores of the Great Lakes in the shadow of the Rust Belt. She lives with her family and a pack of elderly poodles in a ramshackle house on a cliff Pippi Longstocking would be right at home in.

Her newest book, Roseneath, winner of the NYC Big Book Award, Benjamin Franklin Award, Discovery Award, and the Next Generation Indie Book Award, was written during the ten years she spent restoring an abandoned 1921 Tudor Revival in one of Cleveland's inner ring suburbs that locals believe to be haunted.