Stephanie Kay Bendel is the author of Exit the Labyrinth, a memoir describing the onset and aftermath of her early childhood depression, a phenomenon that until recently was not believed to exist. She is also the author of Making Crime Pay, a textbook on mystery and suspense writing, numerous short stories and articles on writing, as well as A Scream Away (as Andrea Harris), a romantic thriller. She has taught writing classes for college and adult education students and run writing workshops for over 35 years. She lives in Westminster, Colorado with her husband, Bill.