Ardeana Hamlin works at the Bangor Daily News and is a Kennebec Valley girl who grew up in Bingham in the 1950s and 1960s in the days of river drives, a veneer mill, and woods operations. She is the daughter of an Avon lady and a registered Maine Guide. She started working in the newspaper business as a freelance writer in 1985 and as a proofreader, copyeditor, reporter, and columnist in 2000. She enjoys digging in the dirt of her flower beds, doing needlework, and lolling in a hammock under the maple tree at her home in Hampden. In addition to Pink Chimneys, she wrote A Dream of Paris.