Stephanie Spinner was born in Davenport, Iowa; grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York; and attended college in Bennington, Vermont. After graduation she, moved to New York City and took a job in publishing. Needing a break, she traveled around the world including stops in London, Morocco, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. She spent many years painting thangkas before taking another job in the publishing industry. She became a children's book editor and eventually became a full time author. Her works include Aliens for Breakfast and Aliens for Lunch with co-author Jonathan Etra, Aliens for Dinner, and Damosel. Aliens for Breakfast won the Texas Bluebonnet Award.