L.M. Stockton was born in 1926 in Raton, New Mexico. Her family were homesteaders and that lifestyle proved a powerful influence in her later fiction writing. She died in 1996, but in the decade prior, Stockton wrote extensively, completing several novels and short stories and leaving one novel unfinished. In her early life, she was an English teacher, having graduated from the University of Denver. She spent her later life as a used-bookstore owner in Albuquerque. She was lifelong friends with Liam Llewellyn's paternal grandmother and the rest of his family.