Nancy J. Bringhurst was born and raised on the East Coast, and has a degree philosophy from the University of Delaware. While raising three boys, Bringhurst studied British infant education, both in the United States and England, and taught school for a number of years. She is the author of “A is for Alligator” and “Under the Stars, the Life and Times of Tom Tepper, as told to Nancy J. Bringhurst.” She is an award winning and published poet, and has written a chapbook of poetry. She has written many feature articles for Southern Oregon Heritage Today, and is a longtime contributor to "As it Was." Though she lives on Mt. Ashland, where she writes, hikes, snowshoes, knits, and is learning and playing duplicate bridge, she still retains a house in Pennsylvania. With children and grandchildren on both coasts, it’s important for her to keep close tabs on them all.