kashtala Clara Castelar grew up in Northeastern Brazil. She studied at universities in Brazil and the United States. She is a former freelance journalist. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal, in the anthology UNDER THE SAME CANOPY, and in magazines and literary publications in the United States, Brazil and Israel.She is the recipient of two Best Newspaper Columnist in West Virginia awards.She publishes three other blogs, www.inflagrantedelicious.wordpress.com, www.richtexts.blogspot.com and www.downbythemillstream.blogspot.com She is the author of ROSALINA'S LONG AGO DRESSES. She is currently working on her crime novel, WHIP OF FIRE, second volume of the Good Offices series. She lives in West Virginia.