Marni McGee grew up in North Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a MA in religion from Yale Divinity School. McGee is the author of more than 10 published books. Her career as a children's book writer began as entertainment for her own kids. She has had a number of jobs but claims only one profession: "Writing for children is the highest honor and privilege that I can imagine. Children are worth the very best we can give them."