Rebecca Bruff heard the story of Robert Smalls on her first visit to South Carolina. She was so captivated that she left her job and moved across the country to research and write this story. Bruff holds degrees in education (Texas A&M) and theology (Southern Methodist University), and was a scholarship recipient for the prestigious Key West Literary Seminar. She volunteers at the Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, South Carolina. She has published non-fiction, plays a little tennis, travels when she can, and loves life in the lowcountry with her husband and a silly golden retriever.