Tammy Durston moved to the coast as a child and continues to live in the area part time. She graduated from Point Arena High School then went on to college at U.C. Davis, San Francisco State University, and California State University, East Bay. She is the author of three previous books on Northern California: Annapolis and the Gualala River, Legendary Locals of Mendonoma, and The Lost Coast. She is also an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Historical photos and stories of long ago intrigue her.