Nancy Cary was born into an Irish-French family at some point in the mid-century of the last century, when her father was studying and working in Chicago. On a hot August afternoon in the midst of canning peaches, her mom was driven into labor and delivered the first of her five children, Nancy.Nancy's dad

It was not until the wedding reception for her first marriage that she learned her fifties-era namesake came from Frank Sinatra’s tune, “Nancy with the Laughing Face” (think: Nancy Sinatra whose white go-go boots were made for walking).

Her early writing included frontier mysteries and song lyrics about love on the dark side of the moon. At age 16, her first publication, a short story (“The Girl with the Rose-Colored Glasses”) appeared in The Laureate, a literary magazine.