Elizabeth George Speare was always inspired by the lives of real people.
Born and raised in New England, Speare began writing at age eight. Her early works,
both for herself and eventually for magazines, grew out of family memories and experiences.
The ideas for her first two novels came while she was researching the history of the area
in which she lived. Speare's novels are known for their strong sense of place, for their
compelling and positive themes, and for their historical accuracy. To Speare, fiction is
the textbook for the heart.