M. L. Gardner is the bestselling author of the 1929 series. Gardner is frugal to a fault, preserving the old ways of living by canning, cooking from scratch, and woodworking. Nostalgic stories from her grandmother's life during the Great Depression inspired Gardner to write the 1929 series—as well as her own research into the Roarin' Twenties.
She has authored ten books, three novellas, one book of short stories and a cookbook. Gardner is married with three kids and four cats. She resides in western Montana.