Diane Lawson was born and raised in La Russell, Missouri (population 128). She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri, her psychiatric residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, and her psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Psychoanalysis, also in Chicago. She has two children and lives and practices in San Antonio, Texas.
Keith D. Shepherd is a designer/illustrator and educator originally out of St.Louis, Mo. He has been a resident of Kansas City Mo. for the past 28 years. His paintings are in private collections and galleries across the country.