Barbara Dana is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Her books include Zucchini, Zucchini Out West, Crazy Eights, Necessary Parties, Rutgers and the Water Snouts, and Spencer and his Friends. An actress as well as a writer, Ms. Dana has appeared in several films on television and on the stage. It was while playing the starring role in a production of Joan of Lorraine that she felt the need to tell Joan’s story. Young Joan was the result. Ms. Dana lives in South Salem, New York, with her yellow lab, Riley. She has three sons.