Elinor Nauen dates her interest in cars to growing up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where every kid’s birthright is driving early and driving fast on roads that are “straight, no potholes, flat, no cops.” She had mechanics for boyfriends until she was propelled to look under the hood herself and quit worrying about grease under her fingernails. Moving to New York City started a period of non-car-ownership, which she coped with by writing her first book: "CARS and Other Poems." Since then she has edited "Ladies, Start Your Engines: Women Writers on Cars and the Road" (Faber & Faber, 1997) and was the automotive columnist for AARP’s My Generation magazine. Her writing on vehicles and other topics has appeared in many national magazines. Her Web site is http://elinornauen.com/.