William O. Steele
Steele was born in Franklin, Tennessee. It was there, as a boy exploring the fields and woods around his home, that he developed an interest in the history and pioneers of Tennessee. Later, as a grown man, he would write his historical adventure stories from his home on Signal Mountain, where he could look out at the same hills his characters saw during the days of the early frontier. William O. Steele published thirty-nine books over his long career.