Author and lecturer Joan Wester Anderson was born in Evanston, Illinois. She began her writing career in 1973 with a series of family humor articles for local newspapers and Catholic publications, and was a monthly columnist for two national magazines during the 1980s. She has published more than one thousand articles and short stories in a variety of publications, including WomanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day, Modern Bride, Virtue, ReaderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Digest, and the New York Times Syndicate. Her 15 books include Where Angels Walk, True Stories of Heavenly Visitors, which was on the New York Times best-seller list for over a year, has sold almost two million copies and been translated into fourteen languages. Anderson is a Catholic and member of St. EdnaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Parish in Arlington Heights IL., a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and a former adjunct professor at Harper Community College in Palatine, Illinois. She and her husband live in suburban Chicago, and five grown children and four grandchildren.