Barbara and Fran are two friends from Brooklyn, circa 1970. Barbara's professional life in Dothan, Alabama, has had much to do with writing. Fran's professional pathway in South Huntington, NY, has been all about art. Both spent many years in schools and classrooms committed to the growth and development of children and teens. But it was their experience with their own granddaughters that led them to collaborate on Just Kate. These three little girls--Skylar, Haley, and Kate-- have been their audience, their critics, their motivators, and their muse.