Katherine Kirkpatrick grew up in Stony Brook, New York, and now lives in Seattle with her husband and their two children. She is the author of nine books, both fiction and nonfiction, including The Snow Baby, a Booklist Editors’ Choice and recipient of the James Madison Award Honor; and Mysterious Bones, awarded the Golden Kite Honor, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Children’s Book Council/ National Science Teachers Association Notable Trade. Her most recent title, The Art of William Sidney Mount: Long Island People of Color on Canvas, coauthored with Vivian Nicholson-Mueller, features the true-life stories of the anonymous Black and multiracial models who posed for the acclaimed nineteenth-century artist. Katherine studied English and art history at Smith College and is a painter, as well as a writer. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for literature, art, history, and archaeology were instilled in her by her late mother, Audrey Kirkpatrick.