Born and raised in Wisconsin, Van Kramer's lifelong interest in art and science was fueled at a young age by her father and grandfather, both soil science experts. Later as she began writing her trilogy, science fiction that tied into her family history, along with her knowledge of agriculture formed the basis for her novels about human survival and future colonization of Mars.
With a B.A. from the University of Florida in graphic design, she achieved five Addy awards but later refocused her talents to illustrate the importance of ecology and nature in children's books. Discovering an important link and a deep connection between creative writing and the visual arts, she gradually began writing.
Aside from an accomplished career in graphic design, and a published writer, Van Kramer's spends her time with family in St. Petersburg Florida, seeking to unveil the mysteries of the universe and dreams of the future. At a time when human spaceflight and exploration on Mars becomes a foreseeable future, her true desire is to support these undertakings through action packed, entertaining and thought provoking stories.