Nancy Kierspe Carlson is a graduate of Indiana University and has been active in community theatre since then, having received numerous acting awards in both Colorado and Indiana. Samuel French has published her children's musical The Magic Pebble, and she has written three other musicals for children. In 2010, her comedy The Ladies in Cabin 10 won the first Northeastern Indiana Playwrighting contest, and she recently won the award again in 2013 for her play The Wedding Gift. Ms. Carlson continues to write "humorous editorial" pieces for newspapers in Illinois and Indiana and resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is mother of three and grandmother of seven.