Vicki Myron was born in Spencer, Iowa and grew up on a family farm in northwest Iowa. She received a bachelor's degree from Mankato State University and a master's degree from Emporia State University. In 1982, she started working at the Spencer public library as an assistant librarian. In 1987, she was named director of Spencer public library and held that position for over 25 years. She retired in 2007 in order to write Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. She has served on the Executive Board of the Iowa Library Association, on numerous statewide advisory panels, and is a library management instructor in the Iowa library system.
Bret Witter is a book editor and professional writer. For eleven years, he worked as an editor for HarperCollins, Penguin Putnam, and HCI. He was also a ghost writer during that time. He became a professional writer in 2007 and works primarily as a collaborator on histories and memoirs. His first book was a collaboration with Vicki Myron on Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. His other collaborations include The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History with Robert M. Edsel, Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever who Saved Him with Luis Carlos Montalvï¿½n, Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living with Joy with Susan Spencer-Wendel, and Stronger with Jeff Bauman.