Winona Frady Armer was born in Horatio, Arkansas. She grew up there and after graduating from Ouachita University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, she married her high school sweetheart. Writing books for children to enjoy was a dream for retirement. After being asked in 2000 to author the history of Horatio First Baptist Church 100 Years of Service, she had the courage to publish Arkansas's Little Red Hen. This is children's book number 5. A friend asked why she always goes when asked by teachers and librarians to read her books to children. Her reply was she can't think of anything better to do. Charley is real and his pen and fancy dog house is in Armer's back yard. Charley loves his morning walks with her. He will give anyone 'smoochies'. Sometimes they don't need to ask.