Anne Stranahan Shaw is a native of Montana and grew up in Fort Benton and on the Missouri River in northern Montana where her family had a ranch. She raised registered Morgan horses for a time and worked with young people in 4-H. After receiving her bachelors degree in English Education from the University of Great Falls, she studied music at the University of Montana in Missoula and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education. She was a bilingual teacher in several grade levels for the Los Angeles Unified School District and spent one year in Durango, Mexico teaching English as a Second Language to first graders in an American School there. It was during that time that she began writing the Roscoe and Tooey book series. After retiring in 2000, she started a bookstore, The Havre Book Exchange in Havre, Montana. "Roscoe and Tooey Ride the Bootlegger Trail" is a sequel to "Roscoe and Tooey, Montana Runaways" and is her second novel.
Ms. Shaw and her husband raised five sons and have eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.