Nancy Plain is an award-winning writer of nonfiction for young readers, and is known for her books "Light on the Prairie," One Sky Above Us," and "Sagebrush and Paintbrush." Her most recent biography is "This Strange Wilderness," about the groundbreaking ornithologist and bird artist, John James Audubon. Nancy is a four-time winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction. Her work has also been named a YALSA/ALA Nonfiction Finalist. Among her other awards are the National Outdoor Book Award, the Nebraska Book Award, the Will Rogers Medallion Award and first place in Youth Nonfiction from the National Federation of Press Women.
Nancy is drawn to true tales of the past--memoirs, diaries, letters, and eyewitness accounts--because they are glimpses into the mystery of other times and other people’s lives. She has had a lifelong love for the American West and has written several books on Western topics, from a history of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War to a biography of the pioneer photographer, Solomon D. Butcher.
Nancy has a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in music education from New York University. She has three grown daughters and four grandchildren and lives in New Jersey with her husband, Alan Goldfeder. Nancy currently serves as vice president of the Western Writers of America. She is also a member of the New Jersey State Council of The Humane Society of the United States and sponsors a rescue horse named Blaze, at Mylestone Equine Rescue.