Priscilla Warner grew up in Rhode Island, the state founded by Roger Williams, a champion of religious freedom. Her parents sent her to a HebrewDay school, where she studied Torah, Jewish history and Hebrew. Then they enrolled her in a Quaker school, where she attended silent meetings, sang hymns in chapel, and songs to baby Jesus every year at Christmas time. Priscilla spent many hours fishing with her father in the waters off Rhode Island, near tiny towns called Galilee and Jerusalem, giving her time to think, worry and wonder about all of the weighty questions she later posed to Ranya and Suzanne in her Faith Club. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where she spent most of her days afraid of the big city and holed up in an art studio, Priscilla became an advertising art director, shooting ads for everything from English muffins to diamond earrings. She fell in love with her husband in Boston and then relocated with him and fell in love with New York City. Inspired by her two sons, she began writing and illustrating children’s books. After completing two dozen picture books, two novels and two screenplays, Priscilla received a telephone call, met up with Ranya and Suzanne, and, at the age of 53, is proud to be having her first book published.