Marta is a nana who learned that the very best way to teach life lessons is through a story. Her grandchildren always wanted the same story over and over, so she started to write them down. It was a family joke that when the children got a bit loud and rolling around like a pile of puppies, she could whisper “Once upon a time, in a far away land” and they would instantly be quiet and would sit at her feet, ready for another story.
The illustrator is her granddaughter Avery Visola, who is fifteen and started illustrating Gingledorf stories seven years ago. Avery combines the childlike innocence of the stories with her talent for capturing the emotion of the facial expressions of the characters. She is the inspiration for the princess character in the stories.