Chigiy Binell is a longtime Los Gatos resident. She is an alumna of Los Gatos Van Meter Elementary School, Fisher Middle School (where her two boys now attend), and Los Gatos High School. She received her bachelor's degree in graphic design and illustration from San Jose State University in 1986. She's also a freelance writer and artist. She has created two successful blogs about gardening, www.GardenersAnonymous.com, and about dogs, www.DoggieHeavenHotel.com.
Chigiy is working on her first novel.