Ethel Pochocki described herself as "an ordinary person" who happened to "make soup and raise kids and write stories." Both kitchencraft and the experience of raising children—eight of them, now grown up—contributed to a whimsical, down-to-earth and understanding touch that caused her stories to make ready friends. Ethel Pochocki wrote books, tales and articles for both children and adults. Though born in Bayonne, New Jersey, she lived for many years in Maine, where she concocted adventures with the ordinary but vivid ingredients of life—"books, cats, music, frogs, hollyhocks." Out of her lifelong insight into the way facts mix with fancy and heaven mingles with earth, came Once Upon a Time Saints and More Once Upon a Time Saints. Ethel Pochocki died on December 1, 2010 at the age of 85.