R.C. Barnes’ debut novel Ink for the Beloved is a love letter to her adolescent years in the East Bay. The first in her YA Tattoo Teller series, it follows the adventures of amateur detective Bess Wynters here in Berkeley. For over twenty years, Barnes has worked in the entertainment industry in film and television development. She was a long-time executive at Walt Disney Studios and if you’ve seen any movies featuring a dog and sled, Barnes probably worked on it. She’s published numerous short stories in sci-fi, mystery, and dystopian anthologies. She also works with young writers and currently serves as a college essay coach at Berkeley High.