The author, Amanda Farmer, grew up Mennonite on a farm in Pennsylvania and moved to Minnesota at age 16 . She worked together with her family on a large dairy farm there until the age of 29. Amanda holds a Master's Degree in Nurse Anesthesia and is employed in that field. Amanda enjoys reading, writing, and most any outdoor activity. She and her husband of 24 years live on a hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. They have one college-age daughter, 2 cats, a dog, a multitude of fish, and once spent all their profit on 2 horses. All the animals were obtained in response to "P-l-e-a-se Mom!"