Lianne's father was a dairy farmer and an engineer, her mother a nurse. She grew up in an environment filled with love and good books. Frail and tiny, she shared toys and clothes with a sister three years her junior.
While seeking answers to her own genetic anomalies, Lianne met a family whose daughter was born with one testis and one ovary. As a result of that encounter she spent more than ten years answering inquiries on behalf of a support group for the parents of such children.Lianne and her husband live in the suburbs outside Atlanta, where she writes, tutors, and performs volunteer work.