Charmaine R. Parker is the author of The Next Phase of Life and The Trophy Wives. She is a former journalist who has worked as a reporter, copy editor, and managing editor. The publishing director for Strebor Books, she is the sister of New York Times bestselling author Zane. She received a bachelor’s of fine arts from Howard University and a master’s in print journalism from the University of Southern California. She lives in Maryland with her husband and daughter. Visit the author on Facebook at Charmaine Roberts Parker, Twitter @Charmainebooks, and Instagram at Charwrites.