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Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 268

Nancy Garden started writing at the age of eight. An adventure story she wrote at age twelve prompted her English teacher to suggest that she become a writer. Along with writing books for children and young adults, she has written for and edited magazines for adults. Her hobbies include raising dogs, gardening, cross-country skiing, and weaving.

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Garden earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University. Interested in the theater since high school, she has had jobs as an actress and lighting director. She has also taught at all levels, including adults. Writing was something she felt she could continue to do regardless of what other kind of career she had. Ideas for her books come from people she has known, places she has been, experiences she as had, although she says that most of the people and places are not recognizable once she has finished writing and rewriting a book.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Garden lived in New York City for fifteen years. Like Kate in Peace, O River, she has returned from the city to a small town—Carlisle, Massachusetts. This town may be similar to one of the towns in Peace, O River; on the dedication page she thanks the Town Moderator for information on the procedures for holding town meetings and the wording of legal documents. Garden has written more than a dozen books for young adults. Annie on My Mind was selected as one of the Best of the Best Books for Young Adults, 1970-1982, and was listed in the New York Times Parents' Guide to Best Books for Children in 1988.

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