I grew up in New Orleans, and I cannot remember a time when I was not fascinated by books. My father placed no restrictions on the contents of his library, so I read what pleased me. Hobbits lived in my Brave New World and Cinderella lived at Cold Comfort Farm, Bullfinch fascinated me.

Our six sons are grown, and my husband and I live in his beautiful old family home that began life as a log cabin in 1768. We have a mischievous little dog named Pepper, one tame cat and five feral cats.