Kathleen Toomey Jabs is a 1988 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. She served on active duty for six years at Navy bases in Japan, Washington, DC and Hawaii, and is currently a Captain in the Navy Reserve and a civil servant in the Department of Defense. She holds an MA from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. Her stories have been published in Good Housekeeping and a number of literary journals and received several prizes, including selection in the National Public Radio Selected Shorts program. Her first novel, Black Wings, was one of three finalists for the Bethesda, Maryland’s Writer’s Center First Novel Award and was featured at the 2013 Virginia Festival of the Book held in Charlottesville, VA.  She lives with her husband and two children in Virginia.