Carol Zapata-Whelan has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA and teaches Hispanic literature at California State University Fresno. Her fiction has appeared in Under the Fifth Sun: Latino Literature from California (Heyday Press 2002) and other works, and her nonfiction has been published in Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times News Syndicate, El Andar, The Rotarian, and other international periodicals. She writes to raise awareness about her son’s rare condition, FOP, and is currently working on a memoir, Magic Mountain: Life with Five Glorious Children and a Rogue Gene Called FOP. She has five glorious children, ages seven to 20 — and one glorious husband. For more information on FOP, kindly see: www.ifopa.org.