Joan Lowery Nixon was writing since before she could read. She said: “My mother told me that at the age of 2, I would come to her and say, 'Write this down. I have a poem.'” Nixon was first published when she was 10, when a poem she wrote appeared in a children's magazine. She sold her first article to a magazine when she was 17. Since then, she's done a lot of writing — she has published over 100 books. Her books for children and young adults range from picture books to mysteries to historical novels. She has won awards for her writing in all genres, but she's been especially recognized as a mystery writer. She's a four-time winner of the Edgar Award, the most important award in the mystery field. Nixon was born in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Hollywood and attended Hollywood High and the University of Southern California. She majored in journalism in college, but later became more interested in writing fiction. She was a member of The Authors Guild and the Friends of the International Board on Books for Young People, as well as a board member of the Society of Children's Book Writers. Joan Lowery Nixon passed away on June 28, 2003 in Houston, Texas at the age of 76.