Grace Hawthorne was born in Salem, New Jersey. She received a BA in Journalism from Louisiana State University and in 1973 provided the lyrics for the very popular children's musical COOL IN THE FURNACE. Shortly thereafter she began a very successful collaboration with Hope's Executive Editor John F. Wilson. In all they produced nine best selling children's musicals. The most popular of these which continue to be widely used are, HOW THE WEST WAS WON, THE ELECTRIC SUNSHINE MAN (Thomas Edison), THE GIGO EFFECT (Computers) and TALL TALES AND HEROS. Grace resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she is still active as a poet and scriptwriter.