Lauren Thomas Griggs was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Myrtle and William Thomas on November 23, 1945. She received a BA in Vocal Music Education in June 1970 from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. Her Masters in Administration and Leadership came some thirty-one years later in 2001 and took eight-and-a-half years to get. Mrs. Griggs retired in June 2010 after forty-one years of K-12 teaching. She has two grown children and six grandchildren, two of whom are also grown, and the youngest are fi ve-year-old twin girls, with a fourteen- and an eightyear- old in the middle. She thought she had hobbies like collecting vegetarian/vegan cookbooks and recipes, reading, and knitting, but this book all but completely took their places. So, she doesn't know if writing is her new hobby, especially with the new book ideas she has in the works, or if she just doesn't have hobbies anymore and writing is her new career path. She says that the outcome of this book will tell that tale. Mrs. Griggs lives in Southern California with her sister, 3 dogs, and a cat.