Belle Brett is a proud graduate of Grub Street’s Novel Incubator program. As a child, she produced what would now be called graphic novels, but alas, only the drawings remain as the words were strictly in the oral tradition. Now, several degrees and careers later (teacher, career counselor, researcher), she writes mostly novel-length fiction (no pictures, but with a cinematic flavor) about coming of age across the lifespan. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Human Development and Psychology. Her debut novel, Gina in the Floating World, will be published by She Writes Press in September 2018. It is the tale of a young, naive Midwesterner who faces an uncertain future when, of her own volition, her job description changes from bank intern to whore in 1981 Tokyo. The story was inspired by Belle's own experiences as a bar hostess in Tokyo several decades ago.