Margaret Craven was born in Montana in 1901. Upon her graduation from Stanford University in 1924, she moved permanently to California. In 1941 she started writing for the Saturday Evening Post, which continued publishing her stories for 20 years. A visit to the Kwakiutl on the B.C. coast inspired her first novel, I Heard the Owl Call My Name, which became a bestseller in 1973, selling over one million copies, and was adapted as a television movie for CBS. Margaret published a second novel, Walk Gently This Good Earth, in 1977, and an autobiography, Again Calls the Owl, in 1980.