Patricia Clapp was born in Boston and attended the Columbia University School of Journalism. Her first novel, "Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth, was a runner-up for the 1969 National Book Award for Children's Literature. Her other books include, "I'm Deborah Sampson, King of the Dollhouse, Dr. Elizabeth, and "Jane-Emily. She describes herself as primarily "a theatre person"; she has worked with her community theatre for over forty years and still writes and directs plays for children. The grandmother of ten and great-grandmother of one, Ms. Clapp lives in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.