Susan Garner Mitchell grew up in a small town in the Texas Hill Country with 3 brothers, and they had many adventures while exploring on their grandparent's ranch. She knows a lot of the history and natural environment of the area in which she write. When Ethan, her oldest grandson, was 5 years old, Susan started writing the stories with him, Ethan had a wonderful imagination and started contributing ideas for the stories as he became older. Now her other 4 grandchildren are also characters in the stories. When Ethan was 6 years old, he was diagnosed with Leukemia, and died before he reached the age of 9. Proceeds from book sales are donated in his memory. The Gus Club was also founded. More information can be found on the following 2 websites.