The author was born Agnes S. Paterson into a working class family as the second child of three; raised and educated through high school in Scotland.
After three years apprenticing in a law attorney's office, she volunteered for service in the WRAF (Womens Royal Air Force). Upon returning to civilian life, she became office manager with the Parks & Recreation Department of her home municipality before emigrating in 1957 to Caldwell, New Jersey where she was married, then settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Never blessed with children of her own, with infinite patience, she cultivated her innate instincts to mother, teaching nieces, nephews and the children of friends and neighbors that, although seemingly confined by the commanding, everyday hustle and bustle of human activity, that there is a parallel world with a great variety of species in the animal kingdom, vigorously, industriously, successfully coping with living. As a means of expressing her desire to impart and share knowledge, to excite or arouse a child's curiosity, she has created the Daffodil Zoo characters with the hope that their imagined activities will prompt children to relate to and share our common environment.