Cookie Ann Rockey (Mary Ann Ashcraft) was born in Tacoma, Washington, but resides in Texas.
Having worked for the post office in Seattle, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Mabank, Texas, for thirty-five years, three months, and nineteen days, she retired to a small town in East Texas with her second husband, Charles Ashcraft, who passed away suddenly in 2010. She began writing her memoirs in 2001. It began as a journey to dispel the nightmares from her breakdown and divorce from Palmer Rockey. It became a journey of healing.