Eleanor Emily Hodgman Porter was an American novelist. She was born in 1868 in Littleton, New Hampshire. She was trained as a singer, attending the New England Conservatory for several years. In 1892 she married John Lyman Porter and moved to Massachusetts, after which she began writing and publishing her short stories and, later, novels. She died in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1920, and was buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Neil Reed has been an illustrator for more than twenty years and has illustrated novels such as Goodnight, Mr Tom and What Katy Did. As well as illustrating, Neil enjoys landscape design and painting. He currently lives in Cornwall.