Mrs. Heide is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began writing children's books in 1967 and has published over a dozen of them. She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin with her husband and five children. She is the mother of authors Judith Heide Gilliland and Roxanne Heide Pierce.
Edward Gorey was born in chicago and received his B.A. at Harvard. He says that his formal art training has been "negligible." He is the author and artist of books for both children and adults. He lives in New York City.