Raised in Missouri’s beautiful Arcadia Valley, Samantha Lile learned to appreciate nature at an early age. Thanks to her father’s occupation in forestry, she had the unique experience of growing up in a Missouri Department of Conservation house on Missouri’s highest summit, Taum Sauk Mountain. As a 2002 Missouri State University graduate of journalism and mass media, she has served as a reporter and editor for various newspapers throughout her journalism career. She then made the leap into full-time freelance writing and has contributed to a variety of websites and e-commerce blogs. Samantha lives in Ozark, Mo. with her husband, four dogs and two cats.