Helen Parramore has lived in Florida for sixty years and has taught at schools and colleges in Florida for nearly forty years. When she moved to Florida in 1947, many parts of the state were still like the Florida where Maude Basford, the heroine of Maudie's Promise, lived as a girl. Maude Basford told this story and others about life in old Florida to the author on many occasions. Maude and her husband, Willie Parramore, l;ived in Marianna, Florida for many years, and the author was married to their son, Bill Parramore, who did go to school as long as he wanted to. Helen Parramore is also the author of Maiden Voyage and Skunk Stew.