BJ Mountford comes from a merchant-marine family. She was born in San Francisco but was brought up on the coast of Chile, Venezuela, and Barbados. She attended college in Pennsylvania, where she met her husband at a nearby law school. After a 25-year career in real estate, BJ sold her office and tried her hand at writing. When she retired to Emerald Isle, North Carolina, she began volunteering with the National Park Service. She’s worked at Portsmouth Island and Cape Lookout Keepers’ Quarters on the Outer Banks. She’s also volunteered at parks in Hawaii, Idaho, and Georgia.