Brooke Newman has been the editor, co-author and author of numerous books, film scripts and plays. She received an award from the Pacific Northwest Writer's Guild for her one-act play, My Mother's Lovers. She loves to be outdoors in the Colorado mountains, and spends her summers on the beaches of Truro, Massachusetts where she first met the Little Tern several years ago. She lives in Aspen, Colorado with her four children and three dogs. Lisa Mann Dirkes' career began as a freelance illustrator working for, among others, Vogue, but now focuses on fine art. She is married, with five children, and lives in Massachusetts.