Peggy Sijswerda was born in Norfolk, Virginia, the fifth of six children. She loved playing outside as a child as well as learning about the world around her through books. She attended Radford University, where she majored in English and keg parties and fell in love with the mountains of Virginia.
During her single years after college, Peggy taught middle school and completed her M.A. in English at Old Dominion University. Then she met Peter. In the jumble of years that followed, mixed in with being a mom, traveling, and keeping house, Peggy began writing. She sold her first travel article to the Baton Rouge Advocate for $50 after the editor called her to ask if he could reprint a story she'd written about staying in youth hostels with your family. Now Peggy writes for a variety of regional, national, and international magazines, as well as edits and publishes a regional magazine for women, Tidewater Women. She completed her M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2005.
Peggy lives in Virginia Beach with her family, 9 chickens, and two dogs. She and her husband, Peter, have three sons: Scott, 29, who's in the USAF currently stationed in Japan; Jasper, 25, who works in events management; and Ross, 19, who's working as a cook and wants to study culinary arts. Peggy enjoys writing, being outdoors, yoga, boating, running, cooking, traveling, learning about wine, and being with people, including her family (most days).