Nan Hayden Agle (1905 - 2006) spent her early years on the family farm, Nancy’s Fancy. Many of the animals there found their way into her later books. She was inspired by a high school English teacher: inspired to aspire, at any rate, as this particular English teacher was so unimpressed with one of Nan’s poems she threw it in the bin. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, but stopped when marriage and children came along. Once the children were old enough to go to school, she resumed her studies.
Her first book, Three Boys and a Lighthouse, was written in 1951, with a friend, Ellen Wilson. She went on to write over 20 books, two of which have a horse element to them.