Patricia Clark Smith, author of The Garden Party and retired Connecticut educator, lives in Connecticut with her husband. She enjoys babysitting her two grandchildren, gardening, family celebrations, art, writing, and summer vacations in Baiting Hollow, Long Island, New York. In addition to The Garden Party, she has published three other children’s books (The Secret of Baiting Hollow, Baiting Hollow: A Time of Enchantment, and Little Lillie’s Mermaid Day). Her latest book, in progress, is The Strawberry Promise, with illustrations by Amy L. A. Smith. Pat was the editor for Mollie Wilson’s book, Santa’s Hat, and the illustrator for Kelly Smith Papa’s book, Isabella’s Blizzard Party.
The Illustrations for The Garden Party were created by Barbara A. Clark, Ed.D. Dr. Clark is an artist and a professor in the Education Department at Central Connecticut State University. She recently published with colleague, James Joss French, Ph.D., the book, Hearts and Minds Without Fear: Unmasking the Sacred in Teacher Preparation.