Nealy Gihan was born a month early and a little over four pounds during a blizzard in Downers Grove, Illinois. Although she's always been small in stature, she is fierce, especially when it comes to writing. Ever since she could hold a pencil in her hand and form letters, Nealy has loved writing. Growing up, she'd spend countless hours scribbling out plays to perform with the neighborhood kids. She filled dozens of notebooks with ideas and made-up characters. In third grade, Nealy began her writing career with the release of The Man Who Fell in Love with Kimberly, a story loosely based on a comic book she'd read and her best friend's crush. The three-page book was passed throughout her elementary school in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, and even made its way over to the middle school. Then in sixth grade, the story she wrote and shared about a family vacation in Orlando, Florida, received a standing ovation from her class. And later at Hampton University, she received a national award for a column she penned in the student newspaper. This Midwest Jersey girl is a former newspaper reporter and copyeditor who now labors in coastal Virginia by day as a marketing and communications specialist, also runs her own business, Purple Inked, and writes fiction by night. Nealy holds a bachelor's degree in mass media arts and a master's in writing from DePaul University. She has written screenplays performed in Chicago and published short stories available through Amazon. Her business, Purple Inked, provides editing and writing services for authors, small businesses, and major corporations. When she's not working or writing, Nealy enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and family, and planning her next international short-term missions trip.
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