Irene Onorato was born and raised in Bronx, New York. In 1972, a few months after graduating high school, Irene met James Onorato, a soldier who had just returned from Vietnam. After dating for two weeks, they married, raised three children, and are still happily married today.

Irene and James live in Louisiana with their two cats and a dog who was rescued by the Cajun Navy during the great flood of 2016.

Readers can visit Irene’s website at ireneonorato.com, and find her on Facebook and Twitter.