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Joan King was raised on the family farm southwest of Guthrie, Oklahoma. Her parents, grandparents and two generations of aunts and uncles fed her stories—tales of love, hardships, history and a few secrets. During the summers, she worked with her parents in the fields, spending long days on a tractor driving round and round. To keep herself entertained, she told herself stories.
She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma and taught band in the Oklahoma public schools for fourteen years. In 1990, she moved to Florida with her husband.
She travels back to the farm several times a year and enjoys climbing on the tractor to brush-hog along the creek, all the while telling herself stories.