Nancy Kelly Allen’s route to award-winning writing has more twists and turns than a winding mountain road. She worked as a social worker and an elementary school teacher. When Nancy changed career paths once again and became a school librarian, the route led her straight to the world of children’s books. Nancy spent her days reading to children and her nights writing for them. Eventually, writing led her down the trail to publication. Nancy has written over fifty children’s books and has a master’s degree in Education from Morehead State University and a master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky. She lives in Kentucky in the log cabin in which she grew up and shares her cabin with her husband Larry and two canine writer assistants, Jazi and Roxi.