Nancy Kelly Allen worked as a social worker and elementary school teacher before becoming a school librarian, which led her straight to the world of picture books. She spent her days introducing books to children and her nights writing books for children. Nancy 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 is the award-winning author of more than 30 picture books. Her inspiration for writing The First Fire was to honor her Cherokee great-grandmother, Sarah. She hopes that this book will provide younger generations an insight into the mystery and wonder of traditional folktales. Nancy lives in Kentucky in the log cabin in which she grew up, and shares it with her husband and two canine writer's assistants.