Gail Parker always enjoyed writing but never imagined she would end up writing a book. She realized Annie's life story simply needed to be told and spent five years collecting memories and working on the manuscript that became this book. Theater and music have been a major part of Gail's life-- she used to sing and perform professionally. She enjoys working with her hands, as well, so when her entertaining days were over, she began a craft business. One of the many things that Gail and Annie bonded over was their love of animals of all kinds. Gail is happily married with two children, three stepchildren, and six grandchildren. She lives in a suburb of Philadelphia.