The author was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, where she gained a love and respect for the unique beauty of the southwest and the rich culture of Native Americans. She now lives in the Upstate of South Carolina where she and her husband have a small farm. They grow berries and produce and care for their goats, ponies, and horses. The beauty of the land is a constant joy and inspiration. It is her love of horses and stories that move the heart that inspired The Legend of Painted Pony and the Western Wind.