Rena Olsen will sign copies of her new book, The Girl Before, the story of Clara Lawson who is torn from her life when armed men invade her home. Without warning, she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters and the very last thing she hears her husband yell to her is, “Say nothing.” Olsen lives in Ankeny, but grew up moving around every few years, following her minister father from church to church. Her exposure to so many different people and environments sparked an interest in human nature. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. A licensed therapist, she works in Des Moines, Iowa.