Sarah Graves lives with her husband John, a musician and luthier, and their black Labrador Retriever in a house very much like the one Jacobia Tiptree is remodeling in Eastport, Maine. When she's not writing Jake's adventures, Sarah works with her husband on the house (of course!) and she plays the 5-string banjo (not well, but enthusiastically!) Sarah has been a writer (and a reader!) all her life." I sent my first story to McCall's magazine when I was seven or so," she says. "It was about a squirrel lost in the woods. The editors sent a form rejection letter, possibly because it was not very realistic for a squirrel to be lost in the woods?" But this began her literary career of getting creatures (especially human creatures) into peril, and letting them figure out how to get themselves out again. Sarah says: "I adore Jake and Ellie so much that I intend to keep right on throwing ghastly dangers and difficulties at them. I hope the readers have as much fun as I do!"