Elaine Clayton is the illustrator of many books for children, including SIX HAUNTED HAIRDOS, FIVE ALIEN ELVES, THE YEOMAN'S DARING DAUGHTER, and THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER (Crown), which she also wrote. She lives in Bridgewater, Connecticut.
Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University. His work as a consultant in creative writing for children has taken him to speaking engagements across the United States and abroad. He is a founder and codirector of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a non-profit educational charity established in 1987. The author of numerous books for children, Mr. Maguire is also a contributor to Am I Blue?: Coming Out From the Silence, a collection of short stories for gay and lesbian teenagers.