Ann Marie Drummond was born on January 6, 1969 in Oklahoma. She is an award winning blogger, New York Times Bestselling Author, food writer, photographer and television personality. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 1991, after studying journalism and gerontology. Drummond began blogging in May 2006, initially using the subdomain pioneerwoman.typepad.com within the Typepad blogging service. She registered her own top-level domain - thepioneerwoman.com - on October 18, 2006. Drummond writes about ranch life and homeschooling. A year after launching her blog, she posted her first recipe and a tutorial on "How to Cook a Steak". The tutorial was accompanied by 20 photos explaining the cooking process. Her stories about her husband, family, and country living, and her step-by-step cooking instructions and elaborate food photography, proved highly popular with readers. Confessions of a Pioneer Woman won honors at the Weblog Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Her titles include The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl, Black Heels to tractor Wheels, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier and Charlie and the Christmas Kitty. Her title Charlie and the New Baby made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014.
Diane deGroat received a BFA in commercial art from the Pratt Institute in 1969. She designed the first basic reading series for Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, before becoming a free-lancer in 1972. She has worked on advertising, editorial, and design projects, but her main focus has been children's book illustration. She is the illustrator of more than 130 children's books and has worked with Eve Bunting, Lois Lowry, Johanna Hurwitz, and Dr. Ruth. She is also the author-illustrator of the Gilbert and Friends series and the Annie Pitts series. Her picture book Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink was an IRA-CBC Children's Choice and State Children's Book Award winner in Arkansas and North Carolina.