Helen Parramore has been writing and illustrating childrens' books since she was a child herself. She had seven children and seven grandchildren and taught elementary grades in Florida for ten years. After earning her doctorate, she taught art and humanities in colleges and universities for twenty years before retiring to write and illustrate full time. In addition to children's stories, she has written extensively for professional journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as a memoir, Skunk Stew, and a novel, Maiden Voyage. Maudie's Promise and The Frigments of Fern Valley, for children, were published in 2008.