M.K. Presson was born on July 18th, 1981 in California’s central valley. She grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, surrounded by the history of the Gold Rush, and the famous mining towns of the Mother Lode. The seasonal storms, and the mountains were inspirations for Itara’s settings. Ever since she was a girl, her favorite stories were of fantasy adventures, science fiction, and magic. Her first computer held the neophyte scribblings of a 12 year old, and bad Emo poetry.
The idea for “Itara: Son of C’reseth” began as the daydreams of an unpopular 15 year old. While on repeat travels to see her father, she got an image in her mind of a boy bearing a sword strapped to his back, striding down a dirt path in the daylight. That one moment sparked an idea that would become her longest-running writing endeavor. Once into high school, at age 17, she began putting her thoughts to paper, drawing maps, outlining family trees, staying up late to draw concept art, and writing the first draft. Her junior and senior years were spent with this story in her mind. It was meant to be one book, though in later years became a trilogy. During that time, she was able to use the internet to aid in research and character development. Her parents supported her love for singing, and nurtured her artistic side all through school, and college.
Between her 2000 graduation, and the present, she has lived on the central coast, had a few jobs, worked in the theater, graduated from Cuesta College, became a Renaissance fair reinactor for research, and completed her manuscript. The world of Itara came to an abrupt halt when the inspiration for her main character passed away. Unable to write more than a few short stories and poetry, the manuscript was locked away until the muse saw fit to rekindle the spark of Itara once more. It saw its completion in 2006. Since then, it has undergone numerous edits by herself and her mentor, query letters were sent to publishing houses, and rejection letters stowed away for posterity.
In 2009, she signed a contract with Lilleypress Publishing, only to have success crushed by the company going bankrupt. In 2010, she signed with Black Rose Writing. She now lives in Southern California.