Jeanne Mackin is the author of several historical novels including The Beautiful American, A Lady of Good Family, The Sweet By and By, Dreams of Empire, The Queen’s War, and The Frenchwoman.

Writing as Anna Maclean she is author of the Louisa May Alcott mystery trilogy (NAL). She is also the author of the Cornell Book of Herbs and Edible Flowers (Cornell University publications) and co-editor of The Norton Book of Love (W.W. Norton.)She was the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and her journalism has won awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, in Washington, D.C.

She taught creative writing at Goddard College in Vermont, and has given workshops in Pennsylvania, Hawaii and New York. She lives with her husband, artist and writer Steve Poleskie, in upstate New York.