Virginia Kantra is a lifelong storyteller. Her first productions were plays performed on a neighbor's porch and stories she made up to bribe her younger cousins to go to bed. Her first "book," written to those cousins on hotel stationery, is still in an elementary school library in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
Virginia credits her enthusiasm for strong heroes and courageous heroines to a childhood spent devouring fairy tales. She still dresses up as the Queen of Hearts on Valentine's Day to entertain elementary schoolkids with stories from Mother Goose and Lewis Carroll.
Virginia graduated from Northwestern University with honors in English and was the unofficial mascot of the Northwestern Rugby Team. While she admits that the songs sung by the rugby players depicted romance "of a sort," she still refuses to teach any of her teenagers the words to "Barnacle Bill the Sailor."
Virginia married her college sweetheart, a musician now disguised as a coffeehouse owner. They live in Raleigh, North Carolina, with their three children, two cats, a dog, and various blue-tailed lizards that live under the siding of their home. She is a firm believer in the truths that women know about the strength of family, the power of determination, and the importance of love.